With the season about to kick off, there is little surprise in the news that Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere has picked up a new injury.
The 24 year old missed the majority of the season making a late come back in time to secure a place in then England manager, Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2016 squad.
His lack of game time showed in France and he was badly off the boil but many hoped that the minutes earned for England would help set him on his path back to regular first team football at The Emirates.
But with pre season underway, it emerged that Wilshere had picked up a knee injury whilst Arsenal toured America.
Arsenal maintain that the injury is minor and will keep him out for weeks, but with his injury record Arsenal fans are fearful of a lengthy lay off.
With the amount of time he’s missed already, is Wilshere’s Arsenal future in doubt? We spoke to Jason Cundy about the talented midfielder:
With 2 years left on his current deal, there must be questions about Wilshere’s future given how prone he is to injury and the length of time these injuries keep him out for.
Arsenal have been burned in this manner before with Abou Diaby and will be keen to avoid a repeat especially with Wilshere being 24, he isn’t a baby any more.
To put things into perspective, last season Harry Kane played more games than Wilshere has in the previous 3, whilst new boy Dele Alli scored as many goals in his first 22 Premier League games as Wilshere had in his whole career.
And whilst Spurs fans may find this hilarious, these stats underline how Wilshere’s career has ground to a screeching halt.
The injury is meant to keep him out for weeks, with Arsenal saying he will be available for the opening weeks of the Premier League, but as we all know his minor injuries tend to see him sidelined for a few months.
They both find themselves in an unenviable position, so will now need to work out where they both stand.
Arsenal’s injury record is a disgrace, and Wilshere may need to leave for his own good too. The same thing happens season after season and not just to him, so perhaps a departure could change things for the midfielder that many had thought would become one of the best of his generation.
Any Arsenal fan will tell you they would have had a better shot at the league in recent years if their injury record was better, and the same could be said for Wilshere’s career.