With Jack Wilshere on the treatment table yet again, there is a big debate amongst the Arsenal faithful whether or not we should cut our losses on him and sell him, particularly with Man City a well-publicised admirer of him.
Jonathan Kaney believes that Jack Wilshere is a valuable asset that must never be sold. Here, he explains why!
It’s an understandable reaction from some fans who see him as a lost cause, ravaged by injury and an almost forgotten man at the Emirates, but it would be a huge mistake to let him go and one Arsene will hopefully never make.
He might seem like he’s been around forever, but he is still only 23-years-old. When he comes back from this unfortunate injury, he still has plenty of time in his career, not only to regain his fitness, get back into the first team and find form, but to reach the monumental potential he’s shown in the past for both club and country, that could see him become of the best players in the world.
It’s those with short memories who forget what Jack Wilshere brings to the table. It was a only a few years ago, in our 2-1 Champions League victory over Barcelona in 2011, where at just 21 years old he was at the centre of everything in attack and defence and outplayed two of the best midfielders in the world in Xavi and Iniesta. He led us to a historic victory over the eventual trophy winners and was heralded at one of the best prospects in world football and a future Arsenal and England captain.
It wasn’t a stand alone performance. Wilshere, alongside Van Persie and Fabregas, were the shining lights in a dark trophyless period for the club. When clubs around us were spending vast amounts of money, our youth prospects were fighting bravely at the top of the Premier League and in the Champions League against the riches of Europe’s elite, playing beautiful football that is largely lost in history without a trophy to show for it.
The following years have seen him help us to stay in the Champions League places, challenge for the League and win two FA Cups – he also won goal of the season last year for his stunning team goal against Norwich. But it wasn’t enough for someone of his hype, potential and talent and his performances saw him criticised in sections of the media – particularly from United legend Paul Scholes which hurt his confidence badly.
It’s a tragedy that Wilshere’s career has been stunted by injury and fitness problems when it looked like he had the world at his feet. But at just 23-years-old, he has plenty of time to reach his potential. He is a loyal Gunner through and through, he loves the club, he knows how we play and we have to hold on to him. One day he will come good, stay injury free and is destined to become one of the best players in the world. We can’t let Man City buy talent that we have raised again.