We all know that Jack Wilshere is a fragile player. You don't miss an entire season if you're not a little bit injury-prone. So why was Jack Wilshere used so frequently by Arsene Wenger?
Before I go any further, I should point out that I am one of the biggest Jack Wilshere fans in the United States. I've been following the England international since he was in the reserve team, prior to his breakthrough into the first team.
I know the quality of Wilshere. He provides a multitude of assets that no other player at Arsenal Football Club can currently provide.
He tackles, he passes, he can score and his footballing intelligence is through the roof. Since returning from injury on October 27, Wilshere has started in 18 of Arsenal's 20 Premier League fixtures.
Arsenal fans will know that he is rarely subbed off. In fact, in those 18 starts, he was only substituted out three times.
How come Arsenal's best player, who missed 15 months of action, is not be rotated out of the squad more frequently?
I know that Arsenal's season has not been great, but the long-term health of the Gunners' best player is surely more important.
Wilshere has now missed the Gunners' last two matches as a preventative measure. In came Tomas Rosicky and Aaron Ramsey.
Ramsey has played well, while Roiscky looks out of form. However, this is understandable since the Czech international has not been able to break into the first team.
Arsene Wenger should have been doing a better job rotating the squad, keeping all his players match fit. Anyone watching the second leg of the Bayern Munich match would see that Rosicky was nowhere near match fit.
Surely it would go on to benefit the full-strength players as well. If Wilshere, Santi Cazorla and Mikel Arteta were better-rested, their play would most likely improve. That midfield trio has played together almost every game since October.
Many of those weeks featured two or even three matches. That's too much for the same midfield to be playing.
Hopefully, Wenger will see what Wilshere's increased pitch time has done to his body and learn from his exhaustion.
If the Frenchman fails to do so, don't be surprised if our best player and most valuable asset comes down with another long-term injury.
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