Time For Jack Wilshere to Shine?

Martin BentleyCorrespondent INovember 15, 2008

In today's home defeat to Aston Villa, Cesc Fabregas picked up his fifth booking of the season, so he will miss next Saturday's trip to Manchester City.

Many will speculate who Arsene Wenger will select to replace him—will he slot in Abou Diaby alongside Denilson, or maybe Alex Song?

I say neither of them.

For me, there's only one option, and that one option will be perfect for a game like Manchester City away—give Jack Wilshere his first league start.

Looking at Manchester City, they have plenty of speed in the form of Robinho and Shaun Wright-Phillips, so they'll be attacking fast and often. Why not pick them off with speed the other way?

Diaby and Song can't do that, as their style of play will often expose Denilson, who's better as the steady holding player in the centre of midfield, so in my view, Wilshere should be employed to receive the ball in the middle, making City midfielders miss, and provide the killer ball for Adebayor or van Persie to score.

I mean, City's defenders are pretty similar to Wigan's when you look at it, and Wilshere carved Wigan's defence open time after time on Tuesday night. Van Persie's running can distract Micah Richards, so Wilshere can slide in the pass to Adebayor, who'll slot the ball into the back of the net.

After all, Wilshere has to make his league debut some time, why not next Saturday?

This boy will revolutionise the Premier League, and what better place to start than next Saturday, whilst Fabregas sits out. Who knows—his performance could make it hard for Fabregas to come back into the team, and will only motivate Fabregas to get better.

It can work both ways, and we'll all know better if Wenger tries it. After all, Arsenal are supposedly out of the title race now, so we should take more risks in the hope that somehow, against all hope, we somehow get back in it.