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Where will Wilshere fit into the new Arsenal?

Not since Wayne Rooney burst onto the scene 10 years ago has the English football community put so much faith and hope in a player. Raised among such arsenal stars as Henry, RVP and Cesc Fabregas young Jack Wilshere was seen as the future of England’s midfield. His ability to pick a decisive pass, skilfully dribble the ball and link up play were particularly noted during Arsenal’s champions league games against Barcelona a couple of years ago.

Such was Wilshere’s potential that in an Arsenal midfield populated by Fabregas, Nasri and Song it was the 18 year old fresh from Arsenals youth academy that seemed the first name in the team sheet.

Now, after what seemed like a minor injury turned in a 14 month lay off, what can we realistically expect from the still only 20 year old Jack Wilshere? Should we be expecting him to slot straight back into an Arsenal team that only use three midfield players, all of whom are highly regarded? Or should we be bracing ourselves for the relative mediocrity associated with Aaron Ramsey since his leg injury of a couple of years ago?

Perhaps the easiest solution to this problem is to change Arsenal’s formation from 4-3-3 to a 4-2-3-1 system that is becoming more and more popular among the best teams in European football. This would allow for Wilshere to play in his favourite number 10 position whilst keeping some of Arsenal’s best players on the field. The team placed below is an example:

Szczesny

Sagna/Vermaelen/Mertesacker/Gibbs

Arteta/Diaby

Cazorla/Wilshere/Podolski

Giroud

Will Jack Wilshere enable Arsenal to win the EPL for the first time in nearly a decade? Will he ensure a top 4 finish? Or will Harry Redknapp’s judgement of Arsenal on Match of the Day 2 on Sunday the 21st October be correct, with the gunners struggling to finish in the top 4 of our so called best league in the world.

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