Jack Wilshere has spoken about his fitness while away with the England squad and admitted he wants to show Arsene Wenger what he can do but is it all too little too late?
To say Jack Wilshere has had a hard time is a huge understatement. The midfielder’s career has been completely blighted by injury and the player he was predicted to be by now is just a dream. It’s difficult to say whether he’ll get there in the end, later than expected; whether he’ll suddenly develop overnight or whether he’ll just get injured again. Unfortunately, if history tells us anything, it’ll be the latter.
Speaking recently, the 24-year-old insisted he’s ready.
“I feel fit and ready,” the midfielder said to Arsenal.com.
“I said that when Roy first named his 26-man squad. I said I was ready to be in it. If I didn’t feel like I was ready to be in the squad, I would have said so to the manager and the staff.
“I had been training before [the Manchester City game] for six or seven weeks, so I was desperate to get on to the pitch. It probably was the moment I thought I was ready.
“Every single Premier League manager will be watching every single Premier League footballer [at the Euros],” he added. “Arsène Wenger will be watching so it is down to me to show what I can do.
“We have some great players, a young squad and a great chance. We have players on the pitch who can score goals, we have many strengths, and going forward is probably our main one, but defensively as well we are starting to look good.”
Many argue that Jack should be able to walk straight into the Arsenal (and England) team while others recognise that he should have to work for his position. He’s Arsenal’s golden boy but, currently, without reason. He’s absolutely right that he should have to prove himself to Wenger during Euro 2016 and it’s a great mentality to have. He knows success isn’t just going to be handed to him on a plate, no matter how unjust his injuries have been.
It’s not too little too late yet but, if Jack doesn’t shine at these Euros, it could be.