Injury is an unwanted aspect of Sports, including football, and it is almost impossible to get rid. Management rather than elimination has been the path taken by sportsmen since time immemorial. Injuries have the capacity to decimate the career of the best sportsmen and former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is unfortunately a good example in this regard.
Jack Wilshere was a big prospect while he came through the youth teams at Arsenal and he has remained that way failing to graduate into one of the best footballers in the world as predicted during his Arsenal youth days largely due to injuries. The 28-year-old has had a lot of long-term injuries and they have affected his output as a footballer over the years.
Jack Wilshere was the star of the last team that won the FA Youth Cup during the 2008/09 season and big things were expected from him until injuries struck as aforementioned. He broke into the Arsenal first team at the age of 16 and was already playing established Barcelona stars like Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta as a teenager some years later.
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The West Ham United player was the best player as Arsenal beat Barcelona 2-1 in a come from behind win in the first leg of the first knockout stage of the 2008/09 season. It remains the biggest night ever at the Emirates Stadium in addition to being the best game in an Arsenal shirt for Jack Wilshere.
Legendary Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger gave Wilshere enough opportunities to prove his quality consistently at the club but that didn’t happen because of injuries. The England international eventually left the Gunners on a free transfer upon the exit of Wenger in 2018 and after 17 years at the club, he has been at the age of 9.
Jack Wilshere’s club career was not the only one affected as the Arsenal Academy graduate also didn’t fulfil his career with the Three Lions of England as expected. He has been overlooked in the last three years by England manager Gareth Southgate the few times he has been fit.
Wilshere joined West Ham United as a free agent upon leaving Arsenal two years ago meaning that he has just one year left to prove himself with the Hammers as time might be running out for him at the top level of football. His time at West Ham has been injury-filled just like what was obtainable during his career as an Arsenal player.