Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere featured for the club’s U-21 side today in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Brentford and produced a wonderful strike to open the scoring for Steve Gatting’s side.
Reports surfaced today that Wilshere completed 45 minutes alongside other first-team players such as Mikel Arteta, Abou Diaby and Mathieu Debuchy (via the Telegraph) and is was the England man who stood out with one goal and two assists.
Wilshere has been out with ankle injury since November and shortly after making a brief return to the squad which travelled to Crystal Palace last month, he underwent another ‘procedure’ to remove the discomfort caused in his ankle from his recent surgery (via BBC Sport).
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The 23-year-old faces an important few months in his career as competition rises for his position at both club and international level with off-field issues (via Daily Mail) not aiding matters.
Once earmarked as a future leader for both his nation as well as Arsenal, it is time for Wilshere to deliver on his early promise and not fall by the wayside as an ‘if only’ player.