Jack Wilshere played another 90 minutes for Arsenal against BATE Borisov on Thursday and proved once again that he’s still got it.
When the 25-year-old made his brief appearance against FC Cologne and then played the full match against Doncaster Rovers, Arsenal fans instantly got excited.
He was a midfield that hadn’t played for the Gunners’ first team since August 2016 and hadn’t played 90 minutes for the club since 2014. However, he looked just as sharp as ever except this time, after not having a good – I mean REALLY good – midfielder for so long, his unrivaled talent stood out among the other Arsenal players.
Apart from Santi Cazorla, who may not ever play for Arsenal again, Jack is probably the most exciting player we current have at the club.
— afcstuff (@afcstuff) September 28, 2017
Jack completed 92% of his passes, completed two out of the five dribbles he attempted and won a tackle.
On the flip side, he was dispossessed six times.
However, with Jack, his stats don’t tell the full story. It’s his confidence and passion, combined with his creativity, talent, eye for a pass and ability to carry it off that makes him the player he is.
Walcott gives Arsenal the lead against BATE. Lovely move pic.twitter.com/JdUZ8ydCjc
— Terje (@xArsenalTerje) September 28, 2017
In the first half especially, the midfielder linked up with Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud wonderfully, almost getting an assist for Theo right off the bat.
Jack’s able to nonchalant lay the ball off to a teammate who doesn’t even know he’s there or thread it through the eye of a needle without breaking a sweat. But he’s also got the arrogance to just run at a load of players, winding through them and picking the right ball. It doesn’t always work but he’s fearless.
It really is a pleasure to watch.
I saw people on Twitter questioning whether Giroud’s career at Arsenal would have been different if Jack had been fit the whole time seeing as they work together so well.
I can’t help but think it would.