Arsene Wenger has promised Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere a Premier League opportunity following the England international impressive Europa League performances.
The Englishman played a crucial role in the winning goal in the Gunners’ 1-0 Europa League win over Red Star Belgrade, combining passes with Theo Walcott who set up Olivier Giroud’s goal.
Wilshere has featured in all three of our Europa League games following his return from a broken leg, but is yet to make an appearance in the Premier League.
However, that could all be about to change with Wenger ready to give Wilshere his chance.
“He will get a chance in the Premier League, don’t worry [about] that,” Wenger said, as reported by the Times.
“Games of that intensity will help him a lot. At the moment he is going like that [describing an upward curve with his hand].”
Wilshere has not played for the north London side in the Premier League since the start of last season but had looked to be making an appearance from the bench in the defeat to Watford before an injury to Laurent Koscielny changed Wenger’s plans.
With doubts surrounding Mesut Ozil’s future and the German star also under-performing, Wilshere could find himself starting in place of the former Real Madrid player.
Following two substitute appearances for the Gunners at the start of last season, Wilshere was sent on loan to Bournemouth in order to regain match fitness following an unfortunate history with injuries.
Before being ruled out of Bournemouth’s final five games with a broken leg, Wilshere was a key part of Eddie Howe’s midfield. The Englishman was Howe’s joint-most creative player alongside Harry Arter, creating 34 chances for his team-mates and recording two assists.
Playing fast-paced passing football, Wilshere was also able to refine his accuracy completing 84% of his attempted passes, 60.2% of which were forward.