Jack Wilshere reveals personal goalscoring target, how close is he?

Jack Wilshere scored a brace last night for Arsenal, one coming after just 33 seconds.

If the papers would have you believe it, Jack Wilshere was an injury doubt coming into the last couple of matches.

Instead he has played 90 minutes in both 2-0 wins against Southampton and Marseille, and last night proved tha matchwinner by scoring both goals.

The sight of Wilshere on the scoresheet is not a new one, his first ever goal for the Gunners came in the League Cup back in 2008.

It was however until this season a rarity, prior to the new campaign kicking off, he had just four first team goals in his whole Arsenal career.

Injuries have of course held him back, but the criticism that it is an area of his game that he needs to work on has only spurred him onto solve it and improve.

He was asked by ITV after the game last night if he had set a personal goalscoring target, and whether he had exceeded it.

His response: "At the start of the season I said 10. I had never scored four in a season before."

Four is exactly what he is on now, and you have to say he is on track to achieve the milestone

Encouragingly, it shows just what a determined player Wilshere is. He has set himself a high benchmark far in front of anything he has previously achieved.

Not only that but he is on course to meet it. We are not sure if he will ever be a potential 20-goal a season midfielder like Frank Lampard, but if he can reach double figures on a regular basis he will become even more invaluable.

Competition for an Arsenal midfield place is at an all-time high, and that will only push Wilshere onto greater achievements. Goals from midfielders are vital to this Arsenal team, and relieve the pressure on Olivier Giroud.

Don't bet against him exceeding his 10 goal tally by time the season is out.

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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