Following a series of impressive performances at international level for England, many Arsenal fans will have been looking towards Jack Wilshere for inspiration as the club welcomed fierce rivals Manchester United to the Emirates stadium at the weekend.
Off the back of a two-match winless streak, Wenger set out an attacking formation with the intention of securing a much-needed three points. Nonetheless, the club supporters traveled home bitterly disappointing, as a snatch-and-grab display saw the spoils of war go to Manchester.
Despite their early dominance, the hosts were unable to capitalise on their chances. A Kieran Gibbs own goal in the second half followed by a Wayne Rooney strike handed the visitors a two-goal cushion going into stoppage time, and while Arsenal hit back through Olivier Giroud's 95th-minute thunderbolt - it proved a mere consolation.
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Playing in the number 10 role, Wilshere was never far away from the action. He missed two glorious early chances to put Arsenal’s into the lead, it has to be said.
And while both shots were on target, they failed to challenge David de Gea in the Red Devils' goal. Wilshere looked sprightly throughout the first half in particular, yet the end product always seemed to be lacking.
Wilshere accumulated only 26 touches and just 19 passes, succeeding in 84% of his attempts to find a team-mate. He failed to record a single key pass, while in a defensive capacity he offered very little - he didn't make a single tackle, clearance or interception throughout his cameo.
Unfortunately, his frustration then seemed to get the better of him, and he was lucky not to be dismissed following a head-butt on Marouane Fellaini. As it happens, he did not finish the game anyway, departing just 10 minutes into the second period with a worrying ankle injury.
Wilshere displayed positive signs throughout his involvement, but this contribution will largely be remembered for his scuffle with Fellaini. It will now be a nervous wait for the Emirates faithful, as they await the outcome of the youngster's most recent injury scare.