Former striker, Tony Cascarino, had high praise for Jack Wilshere after Arsenal’s 0-0 draw against West Ham on Wednesday night.
Cascarino, who played for Millwall, Celtic and Chelsea in the 1980s and ’90s, reckons that Jack ran the show against the Hammers. It was just a pity the rest of the team were asleep for most of it.
“Arsenal have been a bit ponderous in recent games, slowing down attacks and allowing their opponents to get back into shape,” Cascarino wrote in his column in the Times.
“So the return to the starting line-up of Jack Wilshere last night helped them in that regard.
“Wilshere will always try to do things quickly, delivering first-time passes to team-mates ahead of him.
“He will often take a touch that controls a pass and takes the ball beyond an opponent.
“Last night was no exception. While Granit Xhaka was making little impact alongside him in the centre of midfield, Wilshere was pulling all the strings for Arsenal.”
Wednesday night was Jack’s first Premier League start of the season and he was the sharpest player on the pitch for Arsenal. In fact, other than Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Alex Iwobi, he was probably the ONLY sharp player on the pitch.
When the 25-year-old plays like that, he’s a pleasure to watch but with just six months left on his current contract with the Gunners, it’s unclear how much longer we’ll have that privilege.
In total, Jack’s made 13 appearances for Arsenal this term, only seven of which have been starts. Therefore, the England midfielder will be hoping to improve upon this before the January transfer window arrives.
Arsene Wenger said the star’s future would be sorted by December and with no word on whether he’ll be staying or going, it’s impossible to know what’s actually happening behind the scenes. However, according to Jack, there’s been no progress at this time.