Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has been part of England’s horrible Euro 2016 campaign with ended on Monday night as minnows Iceland inflicted a 2-1 defeat on the Three Lions in the round of 16.
In truth Wilshere did not play much of a part in the game, only coming on at half-time and his display was not exactly encouraging for England or Arsenal fans.
Should have been left at home
It would have been better for everybody involved if Roy Hodgson had decided to leave Wilshere out of the European Championship squad. He went to France despite the fact he had played just there times for Arsenal, with two of those appearances coming off the bench.
It was the wrong decision for everybody. Bumbling Hodgson should have left Jack to stay at home and get fit and ready for the new season. Instead he travelled to France and has looked woefully short of full match fitness in his cameo appearances for the Three Lions.
Hopefully he will be working hard to rediscover his match fitness when he returns from France and does not encounter any more injury problems in pre-season.
Tough in the middle
If Wilshere can stay injury-free for more than five minutes then he faces a major fight to get into the centre of that Arsenal midfield. The summer signing of Granit Xhaka has made the fight for a place in the centre of midfield even tougher than last season.
Wilshere will be considered as more of an attacking midfielder than the Swiss star, but he has played in a deep-lying playmaker role in the past for the Gunners. The likes of Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla and Mohamed Elneny are likely to be competing for a place alongside Xhaka next season.
England international midfielder Wilshere no doubt has potential, but he is unlikely to get restored to the starting line-up at Arsenal. The Gunners have too many central midfielder options for him just to go straight back into the team.
Needs to start fulfilling his potential
At the risk of repeating myself, but Wilshere needs to start proving his ability and showing everybody that he is good enough to start in the centre of the Gunners midfield. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is a fan of the midfielder and he will be given a chance to prove himself.
It will be up to the midfielder to prove to everybody, not least the fans that he deserves to be playing regular football for the Gunners ahead of the other available midfield players.
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