With Tottenham having strengthend their squad with the likes of Dembele and Dempsey, Newcastle hanging on to their stars and Everton actually enjoying a good start to the season, it seems that the race to finish fourth may be closer than ever come May. Arsenal have qualified for the Champions League for 15 consecutive years, and will be determined to make it 16 this season. One key factor behind this will be the return of Jack Wilshere next month.
Wilshere has been out of action since the summer of 2011, not playing a single minute of the 2011/2012 season. However, it seems that the England star is now over the worst of it and is set to return to action next month. Wilshere’s importance and ability have been highlighted by him being handed the Number 10 shirt. Arsenal will be hoping now that there will no more reoccurances of his injury and that he will emerge stronger than ever.
Wilshere will be key to Arsenal’s success this season. We all know about his passing ability, his work-rate and also his ability to contribute on the goal-front. Wilshere is likely to be a future captain for club and country.
His return will be like a new signing for Arsene and he will further strengthen a quality midfield. Working alonside Santi Cazorla, they could provide a deadly midfield pairing, striking fear in to every defence in the league. If they work well together, Arsenal may be able to slice through any defence, creating the opportunities for Podolski and Giroud to score.
Wilshere’s return will also provide a huge boost to an already buzzing dressing room. Arsenal legend Thierry Henry believes that a player’s of Wilshere’s quality will add to the atmosphere in the dressing room, most important as he is an Arsenal fan (skysports.com).
Wilshere is the youngest ever player to represent Arsenal and topped off an excellent season in 2010-2011 by winning the PFA Young Player of the Year. At such a young age he already seems to be a world-beater, putting in a number of dazzling performances for Arsenal and earning a call-up to the national side.
However, because he is so young, he has more to learn. He will continue to develop as a player which will frighten the others. If at such a young age he is this good, how far can he go?