Ian Wright: Why Arsenal star Jack Wilshere will come back stronger this time
Ian Wright says injuries are eating into Jack Wilshere's Arsenal career
Ian Wright has backed Jack Wilshere to come stronger than ever as the Arsenal midfielder nears a return to first-team action.
The England international hasn’t featured for the Gunners in the 2015/16 campaign after the midfielder picked up an injury on the eve of their Community Shield clash.
The 23-year-old’s hairline fracture to his left fibula was the latest in a string of injuries which have limited Wilshere to 14 Premier League appearances over the past two seasons.
However, former Arsenal striker Wright is confident that Wilshere can finally put his injury problems behind him and help the Gunners get over the line in the title race.
Wright told BBC Sport: “Jack has not played at all for Arsenal this season because of a fractured fibula, after working all summer to get fit following his ankle problems.
“He only turned 24 at the start of January so he is still a young player but, when you add up his injuries, you can see how much they are eating into his career.
“In total, he has only played 36% of Arsenal’s games in all competitions since the start of the 2011-12 season, and he has lost over two years to various injuries.
“But I know him well enough to have always believed he would get through each setback.
“I think he will come back stronger this time and, with Arsenal top of the table and Euro 2016 on the horizon, he has got a hell of a lot to play for.”
Arsenal midfielder Wilshere has only played 57 of Arsenal’s games since the start of 2013/14 season.
The England international has had to contend with various spells on the sidelines in recent seasons due to a number of different injuries.