Arsenal's 1-0 victory over Newcastle United at St James' Park ensured they finished 2013 at the top of the Premier League table. Whether or not they can stay there may in part be down to how busy (and how successful) Arsene Wenger is in the January sales, but the players at his disposal have served him well so far.
One player tipped for greatness - and returning to the Gunners starting XI today - is Jack Wilshere, but the England midfielder's performance against the Magpies recieved mixed reviews come the final whistle.
With Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil missing through injury, Wilshere's return from a two-game suspension was a timely one, but how did he do?
He had one shot (off target) and played three key-passes to set up goal-scoring chances for his teammates. He made 71 passes and had a pass completion rate of 83%; he also completed four dribbles.
Some fans watched that and promptly raved about him, while others were less impressed. We took to Twitter after the match and have posted a selection of tweets from fans below.
Jack Wilshere has exceptional potential. Ramsey's injury gives him the opportunity to fulfill it and others to appreciate it.— Llew Davies (@LlewAFC) December 29, 2013
Jack Wilshere was superb today, man of the match for me— Joe Hill (@JoeHill10) December 29, 2013
Jack Wilshere needs to stop spending so much time on the floor, forever giving the ball away. Never mind, most satisfying win of the season— Adam Bierley (@AdamB_22) December 29, 2013
Jack Wilshere had a really really poor game. I'm surprised Wenger didn't sub him out— Mystery Gooner (@goonnerine) December 29, 2013
Jack Wilshere was immense today. What a lad.— Philani Ndlovu (@PssENVO) December 29, 2013
Jack Wilshere needs to go back to basics as well, trying too hard.— Kelvin S (@KelvinJSM) December 29, 2013
The one thing I took from that game was that Jack Wilshere is not a no. 10— Ian Mckie (@insidefwd) December 29, 2013
Jack Wilshere has been poor without Ramsey and Ozil— Joe Conlon (@JConlon94) December 29, 2013
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