The 23-year-old recently picked up an ankle injury, meaning he will miss the beginning of the season. This is just the latest in a long run of problems in the area, and the fitness issues have blighted his development after a bright start to his career. Wilshere’s dribbling style does attract fouls, and this may be something he will have to change in the future.
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However, Wenger disagrees with this, claiming it could take something away from the player’s game. Although it does mean continuing injuries are likely.
“Jack’s game is to provoke with the ball at his feet and go and penetrate. You take that away you change the player and you take one of his biggest strengths out of the game,” said the Frenchman, “His game is to receive, go forward, provoke, release the ball. Sometimes because he has a good little burst, he uses that very well to get out.
“But sometimes it is a game that provokes maybe more challenges than Gilberto Silva who just sat there deep and played, or Mesut Ozil who plays less dribbling.”
The Gunners needn’t be too worried at he midfielder missing the first few weeks. They are well stocked in the middle of the park, with Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla, and Mesut Ozil among those who can play in his position. If anything, Wilshere was unlikely to be in the starting XI at the beginning of the campaign.