Almost identical to last season, Jack Wilshere has had a fantastic preseason, and is quickly becoming the "Emirates Cup Star." For the third successive season Wilshere has begged the question, is he ready for the first team at Arsenal?
The answer: Not yet (...I feel like we have heard this one before)
Wilshere had a hugely successive loan with Bolton last season, however, Bolton is not Arsenal. Wilshere will fall down the pecking order yet again during the beginning of the season, and find it very hard to get and quality playing time- unless there any injuries.
There is too much quality at Arsenal to find a constant spot for Wilshere on the bench. He has become a bit taller this season, but still needs to bulk up for the English game. Arsenal are still unsure where they would even play Wilshere this season, although we know his future lies in the middle of the pitch, is it best he is left on the wing, or should he start learning his true trade now?
Either way Arsenal have no shortage of attacking players, let alone wingers. Wilshere still needs more experience with first team football, and I expect shortly after Christmas, Arsenal will send him on another loan deal to a club similar to Bolton.
What Wilshere needs to do:
Show Arsenal that you can have another successful loan spell at an EPL club and hold down a starting position. Maybe even more importantly, Wilshere needs to stay fit during this time as well. If he comes back at the end of the season will two successive, successful loan spells, he can make a much more convincing argument to Arsene Wenger to give him more oppertunity in the first team for Arsenal.
Until then, I feel it is Carling Cup games, meaningless Champions League games, and garbage minutes in the PL.