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Jack Wilshere | Midfielder

Team: Arsenal
Age / DOB:  (23) / 1/1/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'7' / 143

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Jack Wilshere ended his long layoff with a substitute appearance against Hull City in Monday's 3-1 Arsenal win.
With Arsenal playing well in his absence, it wasn't clear exactly when Jack Wilshere was going to get his chance to start working back to the sort of form that only first team action can provide. Wilshere got his first dip back in the pool on Monday when he came on for Aaron Ramsey in the 68th minute. He didn't contribute a great deal in his 22+ minutes on the pitch but at least it's a start. May 6 - 4:23 PM

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Jack Wilshere wasn't deemed ready for even the bench against Burnley but he played 88 healthy minutes for Arsenal's U21 side against Reading on Monday.

Wilshere's fate for the balance of the season still isn't clear. With Arsenal having won eight matches on the trot, Arsene Wenger doesn't have a great deal of motivation to switch things up. With Ramsey, Ozil, and Cazorla are the three players who Wilshere could conceivably replace and Ozil and Cazorla are both playing very well while Ramsey needs minutes as much as Wilshere does after his own injury issues. The FA Cup semi-final against Reading represents an opportunity to play Wilshere with relatively low risk but that doesn't do much for fantasy Premier League managers. Wilshere's next significant opportunity may have to wait until Arsenal have comfortably secured a top three spot and been eliminated from the title race officially.
Apr 14 - 5:03 PM

Jack Wilshere's injury has lasted longer than expected but the England international is back in the squad for Arsenal's Week 32 trip to Burnley.

Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott seem to be following similar career arcs. Both highly touted as youngsters. Both early entrants into the Arsenal starting eleven who showed flashes of brilliance. Both having failed to live up to potential yet through some combination of injury issues and a failure to develop all of the potential that many observers feel they have. Wilshere is healthy again after his most recent ankle injury but with a strong Arsenal squad functioning highly, it isn't clear how much playing time he'll see down the stretch as Arsenal fight to maintain their grip on second place and the FA Cup.
Apr 10 - 12:24 PM

Arsene Wenger was non-committal when discussing the likelihood that Jack Wilshere will participate against Liverpool on Saturday.

The Arsenal manager indicated that Wilshere had trained well during the week and shown no after-effects of the ankle injury that has kept him out of the Arsenal like-up since late November of last year. Arsenal's Week 31 match-up with Liverpool comes with high stakes and Arsenal are flush with healthy midfield options so it is likely that Wilshere will do no better than a spot on the bench this week.
Apr 2 - 10:58 AM

Jack Wilshere will miss at least Arsenal's Week 27 and 28 matches after he had a minor procedure on his ankle.

The procedure was not targeted at a new issue but rather to clean up some discomfort from the procedure that Wilshere had in the wake of his November ankle injury. With Aaron Ramsey close to (another) return and Santi Cazorla playing in the role that Ramsey and Wilshere have been occupying most recently, it isn't clear how much playing time there will be for Wilshere when he does return.
Feb 27 - 3:01 PM

It appears that Jack Wilshere needs a break from his rehabilitation before ever getting in a competitive match.

On the bench for Arsenal's Premier League win over Crystal Palace over the weekend, Arsene Wenger has indicated that the combative midfielder is unlikely to be available for Wednesday's Champions League match. The reason given is that he has been training hard to get back to full fitness and Wenger doesn't want to risk any recurrence. The Arsenal manager was quick to point out that this should not be considered a setback but just part of the ebb and flow of managing a player's return from injury.
Feb 25 - 11:08 AM

Jack Wilshere is nearing the end of what will be approximately a three month absence from Arsenal's first team.

The midfielder has been training fully since early in the month but the big question is when Arsene Wenger will deem him match fit. In his press conference ahead of the Week 26 match at Selhurst Park, Wenger said Wilshere " fine." but gave no indication as to when the England international might return to first team action. Given the relative health of his squad and new training resources that are likely pushing the manager to be cautious, it seems likely that Wilshere will be brought along slowly. Both Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott have been eased back slowly in what appears to be the new "Arsenal Way".
Feb 19 - 1:40 PM

Arsene Wenger has stated that Jack Wilshere will return to full training next week with the manager hoping that will happen as soon as Sunday.

Out since late-November, Jack Wilshere will likely require at least a week but more likely two weeks of training before he plays in a league match again. A reasonable-sounding timeline given Wenger's fit squad and recent caution bringing Theo Walcott back into the line-up would be a substitute appearance at Selhurst Park on February 21st and another at the Emirates against Everton on March 1st. After that, assuming Arsenal are still fairly healthy in midfield, there will be an interesting competition for minutes between Wilshere, Ramsey, and Rosicky.
Feb 5 - 11:24 AM

Arsene Wenger indicated in his Week 23 press conference that Jack Wilshere is about 10 days from resuming normal training activities.

Given that Wilshere's ankle injury has likely caused his fitness levels to drop, he will probably require a significant period of returning to match fitness after he is healthy enough to resume training. If February 8 represents a solid estimate of his first normal training session then it seems reasonable that he won't be ready to play in the Premier League for another two weeks after than with a next start unlikely until early March.
Jan 29 - 11:03 AM

Jack Wilshere could be out for anywhere from three weeks to four months depending on what a scan reveals later this week.

What is certain is that the England midfielder will miss a significant chunk of time with ligament damage following Paddy McNair's challenge on Saturday. If surgery is required then he will likely miss a significant portion of the rest of the current season. If a walking boot is all that is required then he may be able to return just before the calendar turns to 2015. Either way, Arsenal will be forced to continue on with the misfiring Santi Cazorla, the struggling Aaron Ramsey and the aging/past-it Mikel Arteta as their midfield wheelhouse. Not good times at the Emirates.
Wed, Nov 26, 2014 12:08:00 PM

Jack Wilshere played well but couldn't convert when it counted and then suffered yet another ankle injury as Arsenal fell to United 2-1.

Arsenal were dominant for most of the first half and should have had at least one goal. Arsenal's high pressure forced a turnover in the United end and Jack Wilshere was in alone on David De Gea with time to pick his shot. The England midfielder can score great goals but in this case he put it right at a sprawling De Gea and the opportunity went begging. Early in the second half, Wilshere suffered another ankle injury from a Paddy McNair tackle. It will give Arsenal no solace that they played better football than their opposition today since it ended in yet another loss to their bitter rivals.
Sat, Nov 22, 2014 02:33:00 PM

Jack Wilshere is ready to go after missing the club's past two Premier League matches with an illness.

With Mesut Ozil out and Santi Cazorla struggling to produce goals and assists in the attacking midfield role, Jack Wilshere is likely to move right back into the starting line-up for Arsenal's Week 11 match with Swansea. The change is likely to come at the expense of Cazorla. With Mikel Arteta also ruled out it is likely that Arsenal's front six will be Flamini, Ramsey, Wilshere, Sanchez, Welbeck, and Walcott.
Fri, Nov 7, 2014 10:18:00 AM

Jack Wilshere picked up a kick to the knee in training this week and may be forced to miss Arsenal's Week 10 match with Burnley.

The Arsenal midfield is, as always, in flux due to injury. Wilshere and Theo Walcott are both doubtful to start with Aaron Ramsey hopeful of a starting place as he continues his own recovery from injury. Mesut Ozil continues to be out as well along with Abou Diaby, Yaya Sanogo, Mathieu Debuchy, Laurent Koscielny, and Olivier Giroud. The only positive here is that line-up prediction becomes fairly easy with a likely group including Arteta, Ramsey, Cazorla, Sanchez, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Danny Welbeck.
Fri, Oct 31, 2014 04:41:00 PM

With Mesut Ozil reportedly out until early 2015, Jack Wilshere should get his chance to show what he can do in a central attacking midfield role.

Arsenal have a number of players who would like to lay claim to the central attacking midfield role. Given his pedigree and price tag, Mesut Ozil was always going to get the first crack at it. The results weren't overwhelming but in recent weeks they were enough to keep him in that spot. With the news that the German will be out for a couple of months at least, Jack Wilshere is in position to show Arsene Wenger and his teammates what he can do in Ozil's place. With Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez in front of him there won't be many excuses for failure other than his own lack of continued development and growth.
Wed, Oct 8, 2014 02:46:00 PM

Jack Wilshere was on the bench for Arsenal's mid-week Champions League match and came on for the final few minutes. He should be fit to start against Chelsea if called upon.

Arsenal's injury crisis has eased slightly with Jack Wilshere recovering from the injury he picked up in the North London Derby last weekend. He played 13 minutes in the 4-1 win over Galatasaray in mid-week and should be fit to start against Chelsea should Arsene Wenger choose him. Given how well Mesut Ozil has been linking up with Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez, it seems likely that Wilshere will have to settle for a spot on the bench regardless of his health. The alternative might be a deeper-lying role in place of Aaron Ramsey or instead of Mathieu Flamini.
Fri, Oct 3, 2014 02:49:00 PM