Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed playmaker Jack Wilshere is back in full training after his long-term injury, and could be in the matchday squad for this weekend clash against Watford.
The English international has been out of action since May 2015, making a 15-minute appearance from the bench in the FA Cup final win over Aston Villa, but is back at the perfect time for the Gunners.
Wilshere could put pressure on Ozil for the CAM role
Wilshere is likely to get some game time with Arsenal short on options in the midfield due to the club suffering from an injury crisis, while the form of chief playmaker Mesut Ozil has been below-par too. The 24-year-old has had a constant battle with injuries that has seen his playing time dramatically shortened, and his absence has hurt Arsenal.
The Londoners have suffered from a lack of creativity in games with Santi Cazorla having been out of action for a number of months, while Aaron Ramsey has failed to make a telling impact this season, so Wenger might consider throwing the academy graduate Wilshere into the team as soon as he’s convinced he’s fit enough to feature.
Will Wilshere be fit in time for Euro 2016?
The Arsenal boss may have this summer’s European Championships in mind too, as Wilshere faces a race to be fit in time to feature in Euro 2016 in June. He needs to prove his condition in time for head coach Roy Hodgson naming the squad in May, and the games are running out for the playmakers. Arsenal have only eight matches left, and Wilshere isn’t likely to start this weekend.
Mesut Ozil was signed from Real Madrid for around £42M in 2013, with Wenger no longer trusting Wilshere to occupy the central attacking midfield role over the long-term due to his injury-proneness, and the Arsenal manager has been vindicated in the decision. Wilshere has picked up where he left off in the past, but such a lengthy layout this season might hold him back.
The 24-year-old midfielder possession fantastic composure in possession, has good balance, quick feet to navigate his way out of trouble, and expert passing ability. Wilshere’s vision and decision-making is equally impressive, but his lack of a scoring threat in the final third is something he does need to work on. And with Arsenal having struggled for goals of late, they need as much creativity in the side as possible.
Jack Wilshere might have to bide his time before he makes his first start since his lengthy layout, but his return will be a big boost.