Arsene Wenger sends clear message to Arsenal fans about 25-year-old midfielder
Arsene Wenger discusses Jack Wilshere's situation at Arsenal as the midfielder bids to win back a starting spot
Arsene Wenger has told Jack Wilshere that it is up to him to prove that he can stay injury free and earn a place back in the first team at Arsenal.
The 25-year-old midfielder returned to his boyhood club in the summer after having spent last season on loan to Premier League rivals Bournemouth.
Wilshere came through the youth system at Arsenal and is widely regarded as one of the north London club’s brightest prospects, but the midfielder has struggled with serious injuries in recent years.
The midfielder is now back at Arsenal and aiming to break back into the first team under Wenger.
And the Arsenal boss says that it is a crucial time for the midfielder to prove himself as worthy of a spot in the first team in the coming weeks and months.
Wenger said in an interview with beIN SPORTS: “Wilshere struggled historically with repeated injuries.
“Nobody would question his talent. Nobody would question his exceptional ability to beat people with the ball. But in this job you need first health.
“Today the requests and demands in the competitions are so high physically that you can only be your best physically if you can play at least 10 games on the trot.
“That is what’s at stake for Jack Wilshere. Keep health and compete and be capable to compete.
“If he can play from now until December at the top level he will be back. If there are other setbacks then it will be difficult for him.
“It’s a vital season, it’s the end of his contract, a World Cup year. He’s an Arsenal player since he’s a kid so all that is at stake for him.
“You would love a player like him, of that quality, to come back. In fact he had a very good game in BATE Borisov, a very brilliant first half when he was back to his best. So he’s not far away now. But let’s hope in the next two to three weeks he can play regularly in the first team.”
Wilshere will be hoping to be involved for Arsenal when the Gunners return to Premier League action after the international break with a crunch clash against Watford at Vicarage Road.
The Gunners, who finished fifth last term, are currently fifth in the table and six points behind leaders Manchester City after seven games of the new season.