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Jack Wilshere must play with more discipline in 2013-14.
Jack Wilshere can still be a key figure for Arsenal. However, it will take a positional switch to help his potential flourish.
Wilshere should adopt a deeper role next season. He must approach that role with more discipline and restraint in his playing style.
Wilshere should be dropped in alongside Arteta to form a two-man anchor for Arsenal's midfield. It's similar to how Wenger structured his team for the 2009/10 season.
Then it was Denilson and Alex Song who started and largely stayed deep. They let Cesc Fabregas spend more time further forward as the advanced central schemer.
Wilshere has proved in recent games that he is not cut out for the Fabregas role. He was abysmal against Norwich City in his comeback from injury.
Before that, he was short of ideas and execution in the North London derby. The problem is Wilshere too often slows down Arsenal's passing game.
He is not a forward-thinking player. He doesn't have the eye for a pass that Fabregas possesses, nor does he have the subtle range of movement that Tomas Rosicky boasts.
With Wilshere as the advanced playmaker, Arsenal's passing too often goes from side to side. It lacks a forward thrust and that's because Wilshere is an efficient, possession player.
He belongs on the halfway line and not much further forward. There he can ensure Arsenal dominate possession, because he doesn't waste passes in intermediate areas.
His short-pass and move style belongs further back. As does Wilshere's appetite for the tackle and willingness to harass the opposition.
Those are priceless qualities that must be put to better use. That means Wilshere must stay deep and not indulge in Steven Gerrard-type bursts ahead of his forward players.
That buccaneering style might look good, but it damages Arsenal's collective play. Wilshere should take note from Arteta and conduct things from further back.
If he does, Arsenal will be a better team for it, and one player in particular can return to where he does his best work.