'No excuses' - Arsenal star faces axe after poor Palace display, claims ex-Liverpool captain

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere subject of criticism from Jamie Redknapp.

Jack Wilshere needs to worry about his place in Arsenal's first team, claims Jamie Redknapp.

The former Liverpool captain told SkySports, and was also quoted in The Mail, hitting out at a disappointing display from the England international against Crystal Palace, which saw him withdrawn with 20 minutes to go.

He said: "If he plays again like he did today, he could be surplus and he's one of England's best midfielders. But I can't see him getting a game at the moment.

"Jack Wilshere's problem is Jack Wilshere. He's not performing. He's got to take games by the scruff of the neck like two years ago - there's no excuses anymore. If everyone is fit, Jack Wilshere doesn't get into the Arsenal team.

'Wilshere has a problem with Ramsey's form. What Ramsey has done in the last 12 months is what we expected Wilshere to do to become the main man for England. Now he's not in the England team and when Ozil comes back he won't be in the Arsenal team."

Statistics from the weekend's fixture shows goalscorer Ramsey had a far more dynamic overall performance, although the 21 extra minutes played should also be taken into account.

  TeamTotal Scoring AttKey PassesPass AccuracyWon TackleMins
Aaron Ramsey Arsenal 4 0 86.79 4 90
Jack Wilshere Arsenal 1 0 83.64 1 69

Competition for place means that Wilshere does face being left out of the club's best XI, but this is not such a bad thing, providing pundits like Redknapp do not go over the top with their criticism of him and dent his confidence.

Due to terrible luck with injuries, Wilshere has plateaued rather than developed as hoped, but Ramsey showed last season that it can just click, providing the player puts in the hard work.

In reality that's no guarantee, but Wilshere not being assured a first team place is actually exactly what he needs.

After being hailed as English football's golden boy at a young age, Wilshere needs to know that he is not assured a place in the side on reputation and has to earn it.

Fighting hard to do so will cause him to raise his game, and the enlarged squad allows him respite, when in the past his prospects were harmed by being over-played because of the club's lack of options.

In the short-term this all may seem like a frustrating spell for Wilshere, but it may just allow him to push on and reach his peak in top condition, providing he rises to the challenge.

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