Adams believes the midfielder needs to do more to show his talent.
Former Arsenal captain Tony Adams has criticised current midfielder Jack Wilshere claiming that Mesut Ozil’s club record £42.4m transfer from Real Madrid last summer reflects badly on the Englishman.
Wilshere first broke into the first team at the Emirates Stadium in 2008 and was billed by many as the future for both the Gunners and the Three Lions having progressed so far at such a young age.
Yet now 22-years-old and many think Wilshere is not meeting the expectations required of him, a sentiment that Adams agrees with.
“He should have taken it as a personal insult that Arsenal went out and signed Ozil when they already had the same talent at their disposal in him,” the 47-year-old told the Sun.
“For me, Jack is as good a player but Ozil has just won the World Cup with Germany and achieved far more.
“He has to be more verbal, shake things up and show more fire in his belly.”
There is every chance that Wilshere will not be in Arsene Wenger’s starting XI to begin with in the 2014/15 season with Mikel Arteta, Abou Diaby, Mathieu Flamini and Aaron Ramsey all at the Frenchman’s disposal.
Therefore Adams may have a point about the England international and the next 12 months could be crucial in shaping the midfielder’s career.