Former player Ray Parlour has told reporters for the Daily Mail that midfielder Jack Wilshere is the future of Arsenal if he can put his injury troubles behind him.
However, his progress over the two years has come to a halt somewhat, owing to a number of injuries and subsequent spells sitting on the sidelines.
The ability and potential to become one of the best midfielders the Emirates outfit has ever had is evident, yet Parlour feels only an injury-free career can help him get there.
“I think he’s the future of the club. I think if he stays fit, he’s a quality player, there’s no doubt about that,” Parlour was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.
“The way he goes past players, the way he links up with people, I definitely think he’s got a big role to play. But again, the big question mark is can he stay fit?
“The big burning question is can Wilshere have a full season without being injured for a long period, like he hasn’t had for the last three or four seasons?”
The 23-year-old has started just seven Premier League matches this season after requiring surgery on an ankle ligament injury suffered in the 2-1 defeat at home to Manchester United in November.
It isn’t the first time Wilshere has had troubles with his ankle as he missed the entire 2011-12 campaign with a stress fracture which he suffered in a pre-season friendly.
Despite his absence, the introduction of Francis Coquelin in midfield has helped the Gunners improve that area massively, prompting questions as to whether a fully fit Wilshere would now be a regular.