The England international star has suffered a number of injury setbacks in recent years, being restricted to just 14 Premier League appearances last season.
Brought up as an Arsenal midfield product who loves to drive forward and act as a playmaker, Wilshere, post-injury, has been limited in his ability to perform such duties.
Speaking to the cameras during England’s 0-0 draw with the Republic of Ireland, club hero Ian Wright revealed the 23-year-old’s self-doubts and claimed Wilshere confessed his need to alter his style of play.
“I think he has (the ability to adapt to a holding role). I spoke to him last week and he was saying his main problem is he is going to have to curb his desire to want to get forward and want to beat people,” Wright explained.
“We've seen him get into trouble trying to do that in the past. I don't think he's got the pace to do it any more but it's a position he is going to have to get used to because I think it might be the best place for him in the future.”
What now for Jack Wilshere?
Before picking up a succession of injuries, Wilshere was lauded as one of England’s brightest midfield prospects and his previous Champions League performances against Barcelona were special.
However, to perform in the Gunners’ two-man midfield he needs to be a controlling figure, dominating possession alongside Francis Coquelin and willing to run tirelessly off the ball.
With Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey for competition, Wilshere arguably needs to perfect his role quickly or risk spending long periods of next season warming the bench at the Emirates.