Ex-Arsenal coach: Wilshere lacks discipline - guess whose fault that is?

Jack Wilshere Press Conference - 18/02/2014

Former Arsenal player and coach Stewart Robson has once again criticised Gunners boss Arsene Wenger and urged Jack Wilshere to leave the club.

The 49-year-old former midfielder is seldom one to miss out on an opportunity to kick the French coach when he's down and following the Gunners 2-2 draw with Swansea at the Emirates on Tuesday evening, he made no exception.

On this occasion, Robson’s subject of debate was Arsenal No.10 Jack Wilshere who is currently out injured with an ankle injury suffered on international duty with England in a friendly at Wembley against Denmark.

Robson believes Wilshere ought to have improved more rapidly over the course of his career so far and asserted his belief the 22-year-old midfielder lacks discipline.

Jack Wilshere can be a world class player,” he told talkSPORT. “I’ve seen him from a young boy and he’s an outstanding footballer. Paul Scholes is right though, he hasn’t developed as well as everybody would have liked him to. He lacks discipline. He wants to get on the ball and charge into tackles, there seems to be no discipline.”

No prizes for guessing whom Robson blames for this apparent lack of development, maturity and discipline from the Gunners starlet?

You guessed it, Arsene Wenger – according to Robson, Wenger has hampered the youngster’s development by not knowing where his best position is and how to instruct his game as well as being ‘petulant’ on the sidelines leading to petulance on the pitch from his players.

“Who does that come from? The manager. Wenger has to make sure he has a role in the side where he knows what to do when he does, and doesn’t, have the ball,” he continued.

“He can be petulant at times. Why is he petulant? Because the manager is petulant on the sidelines and it’s never been sorted out.”

Robson’s final conclusion on the matter was that Jack Wilshere can become a world class player – if he moves club in order to work with ‘the right manager’:

“If Jack gets the right manager in charge of him, and the right sort of coaching, he will become a world class player. Arsene Wenger in my view is not that manager.”

Most Arsenal fans will be familiar by now with the thoughts of Stewart Robson on the club and its manager – generally the rule of thumb is that if Arsenal don’t perform well by their own high standards since the French coach arrived in 1996, then it’s all his fault – when things run smoothly, we tend not to hear quite so much from the former Arsenal coach who is no longer an Arsenal coach but likes to take a keen interest in the club’s affairs nonetheless.

Robson neglects to mention the 17 months young Wilshere sat out on the sidelines with injuries that almost ended his career before the age of 21, nor does he mention the five goals and five assists the England youngster has contributed to Arsenal in all competitions this term.

One of which must be a contender for goal of the season, nor does he mention the fact that Wilshere’s disciplinary record this term includes not a single red card and a total of 6 yellows across 28 appearances in all competitions. I guess there’s no pleasing some people.

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