Wilshere, a former Arsenal youth graduate and regular first-team star, had a debut to forget in a Hammers shirt as West Ham were thumped 4-0 by Premier League title challengers Liverpool at Anfield.
West Ham have spent big this summer, bringing in a number of players such as Felipe Anderson, Andriy Yarmolenko and Issa Diop. Wilshere was a free transfer after his Arsenal contract expired.
The England international was partnered alongside Mark Noble in Manuel Pellegrini’s side, and they struggled throughout as Liverpool continued to bypass them with pace, power and precision.
Commenting on Twitter throughout the game, Arsenal fans seemed happy to see Wilshere don the West Ham colours as many feel he is no longer the potential world class talent he once looked likely to be.
Noble & Wilshere as a midfield duo was so bad. Liverpool just strolled pass them all game, Heather Mills has more legs on that performance. No way can they play together it’s one or the other. Both the same type and offered nothing to the team.— AFC GLEN (@AFC_GLEN) August 12, 2018
Hate to be harsh on Wilshere but he has been a shell of himself for the last 2 seasons and there are no signs of improvement— Cy (@Cy_afc) August 12, 2018
Glad Wilshere gone, he's a horrible watch really.— AR (@AFC_AaronRamsey) August 12, 2018
Wilshere dropping a big fat 0, miss the guy not the player he become— The Arsenal (@AFC5994) August 12, 2018
I remember that wilshere trick. Run to the edge of the box then fall over. Those were the days.— Volumiser_AFC (@Volumiser_AFC) August 12, 2018
Wilshere still holding onto the ball too long I see— The Arsenal (@AFC5994) August 12, 2018
Naby Keita is the player Arsenal fans thought Wilshere would evolve into— Dinesh Kumar (@DHardayal) August 12, 2018
Wilshere has slipped into that absolutely bang average West Ham midfield seamlessly.— Shelley Johnson (@shelleyj89) August 12, 2018
Goals from Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane (2) and Daniel Sturridge gave the Reds a commanding win, leaving West Ham rooted to the foot of the table - and with plenty to think about over the next week.
The Hammers were caught too far up the pitch at times and looked weak out of possession. With Wilshere and Noble in the middle, they risk being overrun without the help of a natural holding midfielder.
Pellegrini must juggle his squad as he looks to get the most out of his new attacking recruits, but as Arsenal fans are aware, having Wilshere in a flat midfield two without a proper enforcer could be a recipe for disaster.
Next up for West Ham is a home game against Bournemouth, before they travel to the Emirates to take on the Gunners in what could be a special game for Wilshere.