Arsenal once again Arsenaled at West Brom on Sunday, as the Gunners drew 1-1 against the team second from bottom in the Premier League table.
The Gunners just did not turn up and produced a lacklustre display against a resilient Baggies team. There was not a huge gulf in quality in the clash, which is quite worrying for Arsenal fans.
However, fans of the north London club have had to cope with disappointing results against so-called inferior opposition for a good while now. While most Arsenal players underperformed, central midfielder Jack Wilshere produced another bright performance.
Starting to produce decent form
The last few games since he had a run in the team, the 26-year-old has started to produce much brighter displays. Everybody knows that Wilshere is a talented player on his day.
However, getting him on the pitch has been a problem in the last decade, as injuries have hampered his career. When he is on form, as he has been in recent games he is a big asset to the team.
Wilshere is capable of being a deep-lying playmaker from a role alongside a more defensive-minded player in midfield. He can make things happen from deep with a clever ball or a drive forward.
Arsenal hierarchy not sure on Wilshere
Incredibly, Wilshere’s contract expires in the summer. All the talk about the contract situations of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil has rather overshadowed the fact that the midfielder may leave next summer.
From the outside looking in, it looks like the Arsenal hierarchy are not sure about Wilshere’s ability to stay injury-free, which is a cause of their reluctance to offer him a new big money deal.
Speculation suggests that the Arsenal hierarchy are willing to offer him a new deal. However, they are only willing to offer him a new deal if he agrees to take a big pay cut.
Wilshere is reportedly looking to stay at the north London club, so it seems that the club are attempting to take advantage of the fact by offering him reduced terms.
If Wilshere can stay fit until the end of the season and keep performing in the current vein, then surely Arsenal must try their best to keep hold of the midfielder.
The Gunners are already facing the prospect of losing two players worth a lot of money this summer. Can they really afford to lose a player that could just be turning the corner in his Arsenal career?