Tottenham legend Graham Roberts told talkSPORT that the stop-start nature of Jack Wilshere’s career for club and country simply has to change.
Wilshere was arguably England’s best player in both international games after the FA Cup final, capping off a good end to the season with the Gunners.
Roberts feels that Wilshere’s main challenge now looking ahead to pre-season and the start of the new campaign, is to keep himself fit and to keep himself consistent.
“He’s obviously taken confidence from that (end of the season with Arsenal) and I thought he was the best player on the pitch by a mile (over both games) - He’s had a stop-start sort of career and that needs to change,” he said.
It would be understandable for Wilshere to have a spring in his step because he fought his way back from an ankle injury last season, to really excel for the Gunners in their final few games of last year.
His instinct will probably be to work as hard as possible over the summer so he doesn’t lose any momentum, but it’s important for Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger to stress the need for him to relax and take some time off.
He has a great chance to make a big impression during pre-season as he looks to force his way into Arsenal’s midfield for when the competitive action returns, which won’t be easy.
Central midfield is a congested area of the Arsenal squad, but Wilshere has shown for England how effective he can be when he starts in a deeper midfield position.
Wenger may not want to use him in a similar position for Arsenal and he’ll have to quickly readjust to the manager’s message when he’s called into the office before pre-season training.