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When Jack Wilshere was named PFA Young Player of the Year for the 2010-11 season, he was hyped up as England's next big talent, future Arsenal captain, savior of the national team—you name it.
Fast forward three years, and the 22-year-old's career has been hampered by injuries and fitness issues. While he is clearly one of the most technically gifted players at Arsenal, it's difficult to see where exactly Wilshere fits into the current starting XI.
Is he a box-to-box midfielder, a defensive anchor or a No. 10 as his squad number suggests? Wilshere is highly unlikely to dethrone Mesut Ozil as Arsene Wenger's first choice for the No. 10 position, so his best shot at cementing a spot in Arsenal's starting XI is as one of the two holding midfielders in Arsenal's 4-2-3-1.
That being said, Aaron Ramsey is one of the first names on the team sheet, and it seems a defensive midfield presence is needed alongside the Welshman in order to compensate for his bursting runs forward. Wilshere may be able to start next to Ramsey in a home game against a smaller team, but against the big boys, Mikel Arteta or Mathieu Flamini is needed to shore things up in midfield.
With Ozil still returning to full fitness following the World Cup, Wilshere will have the chance to prove himself in Arsenal's first few games of the season. The Englishman will have to make the most of his chances, as the 2014-15 campaign could define his Arsenal career.