Arsenal tactician Arsene Wenger believes that fan favourite Jack Wilshere is not fully ready to start in the English Premier League as he does not want him to sustain another injury after recuperating from a setback. The 25-year-old midfielder spent last campaign on loan at AFC Bournemouth, where he played regular football in the league initially but then was sidelined since April with a broken fibula.
Arsenal are stacked in midfield with Swiss Granit Xhaka and Welsh Aaron Ramsey set to start the match, while Egyptian Mohamed Elneny and defender Francis Coquelin are also fully fit to feature against Watford. Germany international playmaker Mesut Ozil is also back in full training after recovering from a knee problem.
It was in Eastern Europe Belarus where Jack Wilshere showed shades of the brilliant form that saw him regarded as one of England’s brightest youngsters when he first broke through at the Emirates Stadium. He produced a performance that Arsene Wenger described as “outstanding” in a 4-2 victory against BATE Borisov in the UEFA Europa League, which has sparked rumour over whether the England star will be handed a new contract.
His display in the Carabao Cup and the UEFA Europa League saw calls for him to be handed the first team shirt in the Premier league, but Arsene Wenger is sceptical of his ability to withstand the pressures of the English Premier league at this point. The midfielder’s combative display against BATE suggests that he will not avoid challenges, which given his recent injury history, concerns Arsene Wenger over his well-being.
Jack Wilshere, whose Arsena contract expires next summer, has been set a December deadline to convince the Gunners he is worthy of a new contract, which he can only justify with regular football and an injury-free spell in the squad.