He is by no means playing up to that potential at the moment though and this is quite understandable, young players often find themselves going through bad patches during their development. Just look at his teammate Aaron Ramsey.
Wilshere is a player that has shown the kind of player he can be in the future, his performance against Barcelona in 2011 showed his clear talent and readiness to mix it with the big boys, and he was only 19.
After his performance for England last night a backlash became evident, with Didi Hamann stating he had done nothing to warrant being labelled 'world class'. there’s no doubt he had a poor game against Ukraine but people seem to forget that he missed a year of football.
That’s a massive blow for any player let alone a young player just breaking into the first team. His manager, Arsene Wenger, has said consistently that he is not yet fully fit because he is still coming back from a small procedure during the summer.
If you have watched Arsenal so far this season you will have seen that Wilshere rarely plays the full 90 he is being protected to some extent, completely understandable considering what he has been through in the last couple of years.
In my opinion he’s better off coming off the bench for the time being and learning of players like Cazorla, Arteta and especially Özil now that the German has joined the club. Sometimes he can be criticised for trying to do much, this leads him to being amongst the most fouled players in the Premier League.
I thought we might have learned not to put too much pressure on young players as it could disrupt their development for Wilshere it is a case of both sides going over the top, whether it is criticism or praise both can be seen as over blown.
If we just left him to get on with his football then we could be looking at a very special player for years to come. To be honest there’s no better place to fulfill his potential than under Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.
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