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Post by khajvah on Sun Feb 05, 2012 8:06 am

People, when will Jack be back. I heard, he is back to training but why isnt he playing?? I really missed him.

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Post by Jason Morrison on Sun Feb 05, 2012 8:34 am

Unnecesary topic as there is a Jack Wilshere injury topic, in any case, Jack had a setback and is injured again indefinatly. So basically he'll only be back in the latter part if the season or could miss it as a whole and be back next season only.

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Post by Jenks1981 on Sun Feb 05, 2012 11:52 pm

Expect him back in pre season anything else is a bonus.

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Post by Mike York on Sat Nov 10, 2012 11:11 pm

Jack Wilshere says he is living the dream at Arsenal and revealed he wants to emulate the career of legendary club captain Tony Adams.

The England international also distanced himself from comparisons to former teammate Cesc Fabregas making clear that while the Spaniard was dedicated to the Gunners cause for eight years he lacked a family connection to make him stay longer.

Highlighting his own strong bond with his childhood club, Wilshere told the Daily Mail: “I’ve been at this club 10 years and to come through the academy at Hale End and break into the first team is a great story. It’s a dream.

“To have my family 20 minutes from the training ground and an hour from the stadium is perfect for me. Cesc wanted to go home. Home for me is Arsenal. Cesc wanted to go back to his family and friends. My family and friends are 20 minutes away. It’s perfect.

“I’ve played 39 games in the Premier League, which is nothing when you look at players like Tony Adams and how many appearances they made. That’s something I want to do.”

Aware that Arsenal face a tough uphill battle if they are to end the silverware drought which dates back to when he was just 13-years-old, Wilshere clarified that Arsene Wenger and his fellow squad members were as ambitious as ever in chasing the Premier League title.

“Our ambition every year is to challenge for the Premier League title. If we didn’t think we could do that, we would be under-achieving.

“People might say we’re a long way off — and the table doesn’t lie, we are a few points behind — but we know what we have to do.

“We know we can’t afford to drop points. We know we need to be in the top four. We know we need to win a trophy and get in the Champions League again.

“We do it every year and there’s no reason why we can’t do it again.”

It’s tough not to love this kid and while we Arsenal fans have had our fingers burned enough in recent years by players kissing badges and professing their love to the club, it’s pretty obvious in this case that Wilshere speaks from the heart.

Let’s hope that with all the temptations that come with personal success he’s able to maintain these sentiments through thick and thin. Do that and he may just have a shot at following in Adams’ vaunted footsteps.

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Post by James Lock on Sun Nov 11, 2012 7:47 am

Lets see if his connection to the club is as strong IF Arsenal don't make Champions League and the big boys come sniffing... thats when we'll see for sure.

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Post by Mike York on Thu Dec 27, 2012 12:24 pm

Jack Wilshere has declared that Arsene Wenger had a big influence on his decision to sign a new deal with Arsenal.

The young England international midfielder has given a clear indication of the respect the manager still commands among his players.

“He’s always been there for me,” Wilshere told the Official Arsenal Magazine.

“He showed faith in me when I was 18, and he stuck with me throughout the whole time I was injured.

“He knew the only thing that would get me better is games, and he stood by me. I need to thank him for that, and yes, he was a big part of why I signed.”

http://www.totalfootballmadness.com/2012/12/27/jack-wilshere-arsene-wenger-big-influence-on-new-arsenal-deal/

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Post by Mike York on Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:08 pm

Arsenal currently has some of the best young English talent at their disposal, but few have the drive that Jack Wilshere exhibits every time he graces the pitch. Whether for Arsenal or for England, the young Stevenage born star looks destined for greatness.

At the age of only 21, he is already the face of his generation of young midfielders. He broke into the Arsenal first team for the first time in 2008 while only 16 years of age and has never looked back on his quest to reach the paramount of world class.

Wilshere pure quality was first truly put on display during a loan spell to Bolton Wanderers in the second half of the 2009-10 campaign. His 17 starts with the Trotters showed his vision to be already developed beyond his years as he was a shining star amidst a club that was struggling to find their identity.

Upon his return to Arsenal the following season he proved he was ready for a full time role under manager Arsene Wenger and did not disappoint. He finished the 2010-11 season with two goals and nine assists across all competitions with 49 senior appearances. Despite his young age, Wilshere already began showing leadership capabilities on the pitch through his exemplary play.

However, the following season would prove devastating for the player as he suffered a stress fracture to his ankle that would eventually claim the entire 2011-12 campaign as well as any chance of participation with England at the 2012 UEFA European Championships or the 2012 Summer Olympics hosted in Great Britain.

After suffering over 13 months of frustration without football, Wilshere looks to finally be back to his old self and Arsenal have been enjoying his skill in the center of the park. But, the Gunners are not the only team that is hoping to reap the rewards of the once again healthy 21-year-old.

The England national team will welcome Wilshere’s return with open arms, and manager Roy Hodgson is thrilled to have a player back that he believes is, “crucial,” to his side’s future according to comments in the Mirror:

I’m wary that Jack is 21, although he had a fantastic debut and has missed a year of football.

But while I want to play down the expectations, you can’t deny he’s an exceptional talent when you watch him play for Arsenal.


Not only did his national team boss show high regard for him, but his captain, talisman and the 2012-13 FA English Footballer of the Year, Steven Gerrard, who is set to be Wilshere’s midfield partner, was full of praise for the young player:

I think he’s got the potential to become one of the best in the world.

I don’t want to add any pressure. That’s unfair. But playing against him recently and in training, he’s a one-off. He’s a lot better than your normal Premier League midfielder. I have a lot of confidence in him.


However, the acknowledgment from the Liverpool legend did not stop there as Gerrard continued to heap praise on the shoulders of his young counterpart:

He’s got a bit of everything, he can tackle, get up and down the pitch, create a goal, score a goal, can pass. He can tick almost every box, and he’s going to get better and better. He’s only 21 and a fantastic talent…

I hope he brings out the best in all of us. He’s a top player and I hope he gives the dressing room a lift. We need competition for places if we’re going to get to Brazil. All over the pitch, there’s good competition for places…

He looks as if he can cope with the pressure. You’ve still got the likes of [Wayne] Rooney, [Frank] Lampard and [Ashley] Cole, other top players in the group, and we’ll share the responsibility out. It’s up to us to put our arms round him and make sure you lot don’t put too much pressure on him.


The potential that Gerrard and Wilshere could form a partnership that gives the Three Lions that equal amount of steel and work rate that they need to drive the team forward is truly staggering. With the veteran no-nonsense Gerrard alongside the youthful exuberance, yet experienced and moldable talent of Wilshere, it is possible that Roy Hodgson could have figured out the key to England’s future.

It is all in plain view for the eye to see and in many ways Wilshere should remind people of a young Steven Gerrard. When the now 32-year-old broke into the Reds’ first team he was out to prove his worth with the bit between his teeth from the word go. He has not only grown to be the face of Liverpool, but the example of the all-around English footballer.

As Wilshere continues to grow into his career and his skills it is truly he who will come to define his generation of midfielders as Gerrard has defined his. The young Englishman is the future of Arsenal, as well as potentially England, and he is destined to wear the armband for the London club before the end of his career.

It would not be a surprise to see him honored with it at a young age in the same way that Gerrard was by Gérard Houllier at the age of only 22. For Wilshere to assume the captaincy from veteran defender Thomas Vermaelan would likewise again share commonality with Gerrard having claimed Liverpool’s from Sami Hyypia.

Over the next year and a half on the road to Brazil, we are likely to witness the passing of the midfield “torch” from the likes of Gerrard and Frank Lampard to the next generation. That generation is most certainly that of Wilshere and potentially Manchester United’s Tom Cleverly who could be the great counter argument of the Arsenal player that Lampard has always proved to be of Gerrard.

http://soccerwithoutlimits.com/arsenal-midfielder-jack-wilshere-the-face-of-englands-next-generation/17118/

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Re: Jack Wilshere

Post by Vanig Bostanian on Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:33 pm

Wilshere is never the new Gerrard. Gerrard is/was a great player, no doubt, but Wilshere controls the game in a very different way. He carries the ball and knows how to play "Spanish" football. We saw how Gerrard and the rest of the England team struggled to run/pass/do anything with the ball against Italy in the Euros.

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Post by Jenks1981 on Wed Feb 06, 2013 11:03 pm

Are we really comparing Cleverly to Wilshere as in Lampard to Gerrard, no god Wilshere is so much better than Cleverly its not even funny, mentioning Cleverly in these types of ways is way too early for me, he really isnt that good at the moment, maybe one day.

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Post by Michael Foster on Thu Feb 07, 2013 7:01 am

Wilshere......cleverly!?!?!? HAHAHAHAHAHA.....don't make me laugh....in a non biased opinion...

Cleverly is dog shit compared to Wilshere....

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Re: Jack Wilshere

Post by Mike York on Mon Sep 30, 2013 10:38 pm

Jack Wilshere has enormous thighs, but it is only when you see him up close that you fully appreciate a pair of pins that would have rivalled Stuart Pearce in the days when shorts were actually short.

‘That’s why it is so difficult to get him off the ball,’ whispers Wilshere’s older brother, Tom, as we watch him performing tricks for a new TV commercial.

Right now, however, it is probably more important that the younger Wilshere is also in possession of some fairly broad shoulders.

It was only this month, after all, that the 21-year-old was all but written off as an international footballer. One slightly ineffective display against Ukraine and England’s answer to Xavi, as he has so oft been called since impressing against Barcelona in January last year, apparently had no right to be in the company of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard.

Unfair? ‘It probably was,’ he says with a wry smile. ‘But it goes with the territory. One match and suddenly I’m not ready to play international football. I’m not any good any more. I didn’t take much notice of it.’

He really doesn’t seem that bothered, even if he was probably irked by the fact that one or two ex-professionals stood among his critics. People he felt should have known better.

But, given the chance, he might point to a couple of factors that were overlooked by those watching England labour to a goalless draw in Kiev.

First, the tactics England manager Roy Hodgson admits to employing did not play to the strengths of a creative, attacking midfielder. By asking England’s defenders to respond to Ukraine’s pressing game by knocking it long to Rickie Lambert, Hodgson was ignoring an individual of Wilshere’s talent.

Then there was the issue of Wilshere’s fitness. He readily accepts he might have been a bit off the pace, but with good reason after missing the bulk of another pre-season because of an operation on an ankle problem that kept him on the sidelines for 17 months.

‘We needed a result that night,’ he says in reflecting on Hodgson’s approach to a game that concluded with England still in control of their World Cup qualifying group.

‘We played to get the result we needed. It’s great playing Brazil in a friendly and knocking the ball about but international football is also about going away to these kind of places with 70,000 opposing fans and getting the result you need. That’s what we did that night.

‘As for me, I’m still coming back. I still need games to reach the fitness levels I’ve achieved in the past.

‘In the summer I needed to change the pins in my ankle. The old ones were rubbing against the scar tissue and making it feel uncomfortable.

‘The ankle’s not worrying me now. It was bothering me last season. You’d get to a point you wouldn’t want to cross because of the pain. But it’s done now. It feels fine. I just need to get my full fitness back. My numbers aren’t quite back to where they should be.’

The numbers will come, even if he says nobody’s numbers — in terms of distance covered — match Aaron Ramsey’s at Arsenal. ‘That boy just runs all day,’ he says admiringly.

But the one strength that never left Wilshere is that ability on the ball. That confidence, that composure, that continental skill that so excites us and, let’s be honest, has us putting him on the same pedestal once created for Wayne Rooney and Paul Gascoigne. It is from these players that England demands some magic; something that might just turn a mediocre team, supporters dare to dream, into a major international force.

It really isn’t healthy. ‘It doesn’t worry me,’ he says. ‘I saw it happen with Rooney. I remember watching him at 17 or 18, playing in the Euros, and all the excitement that was around him.

‘It’s not just me. There are a few players coming through who are hopefully going to become top, top internationals. Lads like Phil Jones.

‘If it brings a certain responsibility that’s something you have to deal with. You just have to concentrate on your game and focus on trying to improve.

‘But for the younger lads it also helps having so much experience in the side. Rooney’s been there and done it. He’s already got 70-odd caps. And we’ve got three other players with 100 caps. I don’t feel I have to shoulder too much responsibility when I’m in a midfield with Gerrard and Lampard.’

He relishes the opportunity to play alongside them, just as he is more than prepared to shoulder that burden of responsibility. Why else would he take the No 10 shirt at Arsenal the moment Robin van Persie left for Manchester United?

‘I used to joke with Robin that when he left the shirt was mine,’ he says. ‘It was the number I wore in the youth teams and in the reserves. No 10 is the job I want; in the middle of things, moving the ball forward. I’d like to score more goals. Right now my goal ratio is embarrassing. But my job is to make things happen, be creative.’

Wilshere has scored five times in 105 Arsenal games and has yet to get on the scoresheet in 10 matches for England.

Fabio Capello thought he was England’s answer to Claude Makelele. ‘That was a new one,’ he says, again with a wry smile. ‘I’d never heard that before. Hey, you have to have that as part of your game if you’re going to be a box-to-box midfielder.

‘You need to be able to defend. It’s massively important, and at Arsenal we’ve sometimes been guilty of forgetting that. When we don’t have the ball we sometimes lose a bit of concentration. But Makelele was the best in the world at that job, and I don’t think I’m that kind of player.’

He is a product of Arsenal. Naturally gifted, of course. But a player developing pretty much the way Arsene Wenger must have envisaged him doing when he first invited him to train with the senior players seven years ago.

‘I was 14,’ recalls Wilshere. ‘A lot of the senior players were missing. I forget why. Perhaps they’d had a game the day before. But Thierry Henry was out there and I was just thinking, “Wow”. One or two other senior players were there, too.

‘But it was still a serious session and, even though I was only 14, Arsene still took me to one side and put me right on something I was doing.

‘I think it was the first time he had ever spoken to me. He was commenting on my game, telling me what I should do. I play the way I do because it’s the Arsenal way. It’s the way we play the game; keeping it on the floor, passing the ball, playing it through the middle. It was the way it was done in that first training session and it was the same when I did my first pre-season with the senior players as a 16-year-old. And from the day I moved into the first-team dressing room, on my 17th birthday (January 1, 2009).

‘Cesc (Fabregas) was there, Nasri had just come in; players like Toure, Van Persie. Lots of very good players technically. Cesc was probably the player who helped me the most. He’d been in my situation; a young player in the squad trying to break into the midfield.’

Together they would appear for Arsenal in what, thus far, is the highlight of Wilshere’s career; the night that first invited those comparisons with Spain’s finest; the night in February 2011 when Arsenal beat Barcelona in the Champions League.

‘I watch a lot of football and going into the game I had some ideas as to how I might try to handle their midfield.

‘But then you’re standing alongside them in the tunnel, looking at players who had just won the World Cup. I was nervous walking alongside them on to the pitch. At that point you just want to get that first touch in. The first touch in any game is important to a player but this was a bit different. I didn’t want to lose the ball.

‘I think my first touch was good. I took the ball from Clichy and went past Xavi. That was alright. But it all happened so fast. I remember walking back after Arshavin scored. It was the first chance I had to really start taking it in. At the end I swapped shirts with Xavi and I got Cesc to get me Messi’s shirt as well. Afterwards I tweeted the picture.’

Wilshere tweeted another picture yesterday — his daughter, Delilah Grace, who was born on Thursday. He and his girlfriend Lauren have a two-year-old son, Archie.

As he said, he is an avid watcher of football. ‘I saw Real Betis on TV last night,’ he says. ‘It was either that or EastEnders. Real Betis was always going to win.’

I suggest he is something of a rarity in the modern game, recalling an interview when Harry Redknapp bemoaned the fact so few of his then Tottenham players had watched a Spanish football game the night before.

‘It’s not unusual in the Arsenal dressing room,’ he says. ‘The French players are always talking about their league. Arteta is the same as me. He’ll watch anything. He’s always coming in, talking about it. Cazorla’s the same.’

So they knew all about the latest addition to the dressing room: a certain Mesut Ozil.

‘It was a bit frustrating we had to wait as long as we did (because of the international break) to see him,’ says Wilshere. ‘But he’s going to fit right in. He’s an excellent player, and I thought on his debut against Sunderland he gave a near-perfect performance.

‘Training’s even more fun as well now. When we play boxes, it’s fair to say the guy in the middle struggles to get the ball.’

With Ozil, however, comes a rise in expectation. Wenger has even suggested his future as manager will be determined by the success the team enjoy now that the club have parted with more than £40million to recruit the Germany midfielder.

Is Wenger putting too much pressure on himself? ‘No,’ replies Wilshere. ‘The players know it’s time we did something as well.

‘We don’t pay too much attention to what the manager has said. Obviously we read it, see it on the news. But it’s our job to concentrate on what we are doing and try to win something. We know where he is coming from, but there’s no real time to stop and think about it when there are so many games.

‘The fact is, that setback against Aston Villa on the opening day aside, we have started the season pretty well. We’re in a decent position, there’s some confidence in the squad. We know we will create chances. The key is to reduce the opportunities we give the opposition to hurt us. We need to keep working on that discipline.’

The same could be said of an England team that might need to beat both Montenegro (Oct 11) and Poland (Oct 15) to secure qualification for the World Cup in Brazil.

‘It is not going to be easy,’ he says. ‘I only have to talk to Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski to realise that. The Poles are as determined to win as we are. But I’m confident we can finish the job. I didn’t play in the two draws against Poland and Montenegro but our players know what’s at stake.

‘It’s a World Cup in Brazil. It’s the ultimate, really. The stage every player wants to appear on.’
A stage Wilshere would suggest he is more than ready for.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2435721/Jack-Wilshere-interview-Arsenal-star-talks-Matt-Lawton.html

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Post by Jonathan Prendergast on Mon Sep 30, 2013 11:09 pm

Haven't read all that yet. But I will say, the referees need to protect him more. The opposition are targeting him and getting away with it.

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Post by Meshaal on Tue Oct 01, 2013 12:53 am

Jonathan Prendergast wrote:Haven't read all that yet. But I will say, the referees need to protect him more. The opposition are targeting him and getting away with it.
Completely agree, though I don't have any stats to back this up, I would reckon he is one of the most fouled players in the league (including fouls not given).

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Post by Vanig Bostanian on Tue Oct 01, 2013 1:04 am

The part about the night against Barcelona still gave me the chills.

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Post by Mike York on Wed Nov 20, 2013 11:21 pm

Arsenal ace Jack Wilshere admits he has ambitions to become captain of the club at some point in the future.

The 21-year-old believes he has taken on more responsibility in Arsene Wenger's side as he is one of the longest-serving players in the current squad after breaking into the first-team at the age of 16.

Wilshere feels he has matured as a person on and off the pitch and he is determined to become a leader in the Arsenal dressing room.

"I've grown up at this club and I have captained the club at under-16 level, under-18 level and last season as well I got the armband for 20 minutes or so [against West Ham in January] which was a nice feeling. I want to do that [be a leader] for this club," Wilshere told the club's official website.

"From the team that I first broke into a lot of them have gone so I'm one of the few who's been around, there's Bac [Sagna] as well but I'm one of the only midfielders who has been around for a while.

"Mikel [Arteta] came in, he was the captain at Everton and he's the vice-captain here and you can tell by the way he is off the pitch, even when he was injured he was in the dressing room and giving us support. I do feel a bit of responsibility but I have players around to help me."

Wilshere believes the current team spirit at the Emirates is the finest he has experienced during his time at the club.

"At the moment I would probably say it's the best atmosphere I've ever been in the dressing room," added Wilshere.

"There are some real characters in there, some funny guys and some serious guys, there are professional guys who want to get things done and don't like people being late, so everyone's disciplined."

http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11661/9031966/

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Post by Vanig Bostanian on Thu Nov 21, 2013 6:31 am

Right now he has to focus on staying fit and finding form. Then he can captain the side or be a club legend or whatever.

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Post by Subrat Koirala on Fri Nov 22, 2013 4:58 am

If he stays fit and gets back into form, no wonder he'll be a club captain someday. Cliche it is, but I think he should take a leaf out of Ramsey's books and take it one game at a time.

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Post by Jonathan Prendergast on Sun Jan 19, 2014 12:55 pm

Great to see Jack getting a few runs in the middle.

Ozil commented a few months ago how he is happy as he gets to play with Rosicky. I bet Wilshere is learning from them and trying to rise to the challenge of playing with Ozil, and competing with Ramsey.

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Post by Vanig Bostanian on Mon Jan 20, 2014 6:35 am

Jack recovered from injury and only started to play in his favored position. Must say he's been great to watch in the last few games.

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Post by Michael Foster on Thu May 15, 2014 8:12 pm

Jack won goal of the seasons with his peach of a team goal v norwich



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