Jack Wilshere is at risk of throwing away his chance at having an incredible career…
Some people never learn. That certainly seems to be the case for Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, who took another step towards throwing away his enormous potential this week as he was caught smoking in a nightclub.
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Reports in the Guardian claim that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and coach Steve Bould have been left highly disappointed by the incident, and are likely to again remind the player of his responsibilities.
Wilshere was caught smoking a shisha pipe while out in London, the third such incident that has occurred during his time with the club and his second this season. The 23-year-old is now likely to receive a fine as Gunners officials attempt to detract the appeal of continuing such habits.
What will irk Wenger most of all is the pictures of a smiling Wilshere posing for pictures with three scantily clad women, pipe in hand, hardly appearing as the professional sportsman fighting to regain his fitness that he is supposed to be.
Speaking in July, Wilshere said: “The smoking? Of course I regret it. I have been seen before doing it. I said then I made a mistake and I have made a mistake again. People make mistakes. I am young and I will learn from it. I realise the consequences it has and the effect on kids growing up. (The Guardian)
“I have kids myself and I don’t want them growing up to think their dad smokes and it is OK for a footballer to smoke, because it’s not. It is unacceptable and I will accept the consequences and I will move on.”
The player has twice been forced to apologise for previous incidents – the first in London in October 2013, and the latter at a Las Vegas pool party last summer – and will likely do so again. Why should he continually be allowed to get away with it?
Wilshere has played 148 games for Arsenal since making his league debut during the 2008-09 season, but only once has he played more than 30 league games in a season. He’s only managed nine so far this term, and with his attitude also being called into question, how long until Wenger’s patience runs out?
The midfielder is clearly unbelievably talented – you don’t become a £100,000-per-week player and a 26-time England international for nothing, but you only have to look at those that have been before him – George Best or Paul Gascoigne – to see what could happen.
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