Wilshere has long been considered as the golden boy at the Emirates, with the midfielder coming through the club’s youth academy and establishing himself in the first-team in impressive fashion.
However, a string of injuries and fitness problems have set his career back somewhat and fears continue to grow as to what sort of impact he can have on the first-team, if any, should his struggles persist.
Writing in his column for Sky Sports, former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry says he feels sorry for Wilshere and questions whether he will ever have an injury-free run at the club.
"I actually feel sorry for Jack. He loves Arsenal. He's an Arsenal fan. He's never had a whole season to really see what he can do,” Henry explained.
“We all know he has great potential. Arsenal have a great guy there that could be Arsenal captain for a very long time. Can he be injury free? That's the only thing."
The forgotten man:
While Wilshere has been recovering from his latest setback, Arsenal are currently enjoying their best run of form of the season and certainly look capable of challenging for the title.
With so much competition for places, the 23-year-old’s absence has barely been noticed, and that can’t be a good sign for his prospects of nailing down a regular first-team spot.
Aside from his injury spells, Wilshere’s other notable dilemma is a lack of a proper playing position. Is he better going forward as a number 10, or is he a deep-lying playmaker?
In Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla, the Gunners have midfield balance while their vast number of attacking options suggests Wilshere will, when fit, find it hard to break into the first-team picture.