The talented midfielder hasn’t featured at all for the Gunners this season, owing to a long-term injury he picked up in the Emirates Cup match with Wolfsburg in pre-season.
Wilshere was expected to be back sooner, yet further set-backs in is rehabilitation occurred and now we may not see him again this season - a major blow to his England chances this summer.
Writing in his column for The Sun, Jenas understands the Arsenal star’s predicament and suggests Wilshere will now be fearful of his place in England’s squad amid the recent squad selection.
“He’ll be feeling frustration and fear. You’re watching players come past you all of a sudden,” he explained.
“Your Danny Drinkwaters, Eric Diers, Dele Allis — they wouldn’t have even been in Jack Wilshere’s sights at one point and now you’re adding four of five players into competition within that midfield spot — it’s a horrible feeling.”
Wilshere is widely regarded as one of England’s best playmakers this side of the millennium, yet his injury woes have really halted his progression with doubts spreading over his future.
Tottenham duo Eric Dier and Dele Alli have time on their side, while Danny Drinkwater is a potential option while the usual competitors like James Milner and Jordan Henderson are also in contention.
It will make Wilshere’s job of recovering and getting back in to the England fold all the more difficult.
The 24-year-old also has the best years of his career ahead of him, yet an inability to get over his recurring injury problems will forever hinder his chances of regaining his very best form.
Wilshere has made only 63 Premier League appearances over the last five seasons, an average of just under 13 per campaign - a figure which sadly isn’t enough for such a talented player.