Arsene Wenger handed Wilshere the captain’s armband for the short trip across the English capital to take on the defending Premier League champions in the first leg of their last four clash.
The 26-year-old has managed to turnaround his ailing Arsenal career with six successive starts in the Premier League during the festive schedule to prove his fitness to the Gunners boss.
Wilshere’s performances have even earned the injury-prone midfielder talk of an England call ahead of next summer’s World Cup in Russia.
Wenger started Wilshere alongside Granit Xhaka at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night and the Three Lions star was a dominant figure in the goalless stalemate.
However, Wilshere’s night ended prematurely after he sprained his ankle and was forced off the pitch in the 57th minute of the first leg of the semi-final.
Former Arsenal striker Henry singled out Wilshere for special praise following his display at the defending Premier League champions.
“I want to talk about Jack Wilshere because I thought he had a good game,” Henry told Sky Sports.
“What I liked also was not only when he was on the ball. As a holding midfielder sometimes you have to track back and get the ball back. He did that tonight and I thought he was very good up until he twisted his ankle. That was a shame for Arsenal.”
Wilshere spent the 2016-17 season on loan at Bournemouth where he made 25 appearances in the Premier League.
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