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Should Arsenal Wonder Kid Jack Wilshere Start Against AZ Alkmaar?

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 22:  Jack Wilshere of Arsenal in action during the Carling Cup third round match between Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion at Emirates Stadium on September 22, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Callum D'SouzaSenior Writer IOctober 20, 2009

Prior to 2008/2009, Arsenal's teenage sensation Jack Wilshere was barely known throughout the footballing world. But after a highly impressive pre-season campaign with the Gunners, Wilshere established himself as a huge talent. At the time, the youngster was just 16 and immense hype began to surround the baby faced star.

Wenger, a genius when it comes to developing young players, refused to put pressure on the teenage rather to let him develop at his rate. The Englishmen was rarely seen throughout '08/'09 only featuring in the League Cup, where he scored an impressive goal, and a few rare starts in the Champion's League.

As Arsenal are set to encounter the doughty Dutch side of AZ Alkmaar in the Champion's League Group Stage, the likes of Theo Walcott, Tomas Rosicky, and Samir Nasri will all be absent. All three players play wing roles, which is the role best suited for young Jack.

With their absence, should the 17 year old be granted a rare start. The England Under -21 was given just five minutes when Arsenal faced Birmingham City on the weekend. Although he will undoubtedly feature heavily when Arsenal young guns take on Liverpool in a crunch League Cup encounter, the AZ Alkmaar challenge could be a great opportunity for the talent to receive some vital experience.

Wilshere is blessed with solid balance, pace, trickery and a fierce shot. He has a great passing range and terrific movement. Wilshere will be a huge star when his time comes and their is rumour the midfielder could be a shock inclusion into England's 2010 World Cup Squad.

But if he has aspirations of making the World Cup Squad, Wilshere will need to prove he can handle big challenges and the only way to find out is for Arsene Wenger to play young Jacky Wilshere.

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