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Jack Wilshere

Jack produced a host of impressive performances last season before suffering an ankle injury on international duty in March, which kept him out until the final two games of the campaign. Playing in his preferred position as a central midfielder, Jack showed a marked improvement in front of goal with five goals, including an outstanding team strike against Norwich City that was voted Goal of the Season. Another high point was his brace in Arsenal's 2-0 win at home to Marseille in the Champions League.

One of the most exciting English talents of his generation, he has been with Arsenal since the age of nine and won the FA Youth Cup in 2009. After a loan spell with Bolton in 2009/10 he returned to the club and was named the PFA Young Player of the Season in 2010/11. He holds the distinction of being the Gunners’ youngest-ever league player (16 years 256 days) and the youngest to represent Arsenal in Europe (16 years 329 days).

Jack Wilshere Profile

Born January 01, 1992
Stevenage, Hertfordshire
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 10
Previous Club(s) Bolton (loan)
Arsenal Debut September 13, 2008

An important member of the England national team since 2010, he signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal in December 2012.

Jack Wilshere's Arsenal Career

  Prem Lge Europe FA Cup Lge Cup C. Shield Total
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2008-2009 0 + 1 0 0 + 2 0 0 + 2 0 3 1 0 0 3 + 5 1
2009-2010 0 + 1 0 1 + 2 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 4 + 3 0
2010-2011 31 + 4 1 7 1 1 + 1 0 5 0 0 0 44 + 5 2
2012-2013 20 + 5 0 3 1 2 + 2 1 1 0 0 0 26 + 7 2
2013-2014 19 + 5 3 6 + 1 2 2 + 1 0 1 0 0 0 28 + 7 5
2014-2015 6 + 1 1 4 + 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 12 + 2 1
Total 76 + 17 5 21 + 6 4 6 + 6 1 13 1 1 0 117 + 29 11

My Year

  • 2014/15
  • 2013/14
  • 2012/13
  • 2011/12
  • 2010/11
  • 2009/10
  • 2008/09

August

Jack was involved in five of Arsenal's first six games of the season, with his best performance coming in the second leg of the Champions League play-off against Besiktas. His energy and drive both going forward and defensively helped the team secure a place in the group stage. Speaking after the game, Jack said: "I thought we were in control until the last 20 minutes. I know it was 1-0 but I felt comfortable and I think the team felt comfortable and we made a few chances as well. It wasn't until Mathieu went off that they caused us a problem. But I think we dealt with it well. We showed great team spirit and hopefully we can continue that."

October

Jack continued his fine September form with influential performances against Galatasaray, Chelsea and Anderlecht. The 22-year-old also featured against Hull City but was booked, therefore he was suspended for the Gunners’ last Premier League game of the month against Sunderland. “We feel that we've been putting in performances but not getting results,” Wilshere told Arsenal Player after the Anderlecht win. “Maybe we didn't put in the performance here, but we got the result - and we'd much rather have it that way.”

August

Jack started in three of Arsenal's four games and came on as a late substitute in the Fulham game. The 21-year-old played a key role in Arsenal's vital wins against Fenerbache.

October

Jack Wilshere appeared in all six of Arsenal's games in October. The midfielder scored his first goal of the season with a rasping drive against West Bromwich Albion. But the highlight of Jack's month came in the 4-1 win over Norwich City when the 21-year-old rounded off a stunning Arsenal move with a first-time finish past keeper John Ruddy. "Santi [Cazorla] got the ball on the wing and I found myself in the middle even though I was playing on the right," Jack told Arsenal Player. "He knocked to me and then I knocked it back to him, he knocked it to Olivier [Giroud] and it sort of ricocheted off him and I passed it back to him, he passed it back to me and I scored. It was a good goal and I was lucky to get on the end of it."

December

Jack's performances continued to improve in November and he scored his first ever brace for the Club in the 2-0 win over Marseille in the Champions League. After that game Jack said: "Once you get older and [more] comfortable, players around you trust you, you get a little bit fitter as well. You can get forward a bit more and when you're in front of goal you've watched players in the past and you've learnt from your past mistakes. You relax and that's the only way you're going to do well."

January

Jack started five of Arsenal's six games in January. The England midfielder scored his fifth goal of the season with a superbly-taken strike against Aston Villa before providing the pass for Olivier Giroud to score the Gunners' second moments later. Jack went on to produce some energetic performances in his preferred position at the heart of midfield and laid on another assist for Santi Cazorla's first goal against Fulham. A minor ankle injury kept him out of the draw with Southampton. "When we get the ball down in our own half we’re calm," he told Arsenal player after the Aston Villa win. "We know if we have the ball the opposition can’t score. We are dealing with that well and we have to keep that going now. "It is [very satisfying to win], especially after all the top six won over the weekend. We showed great character, especially towards the end when Villa came at us."

March

Jack played 81 minutes in the 1-0 defeat at Stoke City before sustaining a hairline fracture to the navicular bone in his left foot on international duty. The injury was expected to keep him out for a minimum of six weeks.

May

Jack returned to the side against Norwich after a two-month lay-off through injury. The England midfielder played the final 27 minutes of Arsenal's 2-0 win at Carrrow Road and came on as a substitute in extra-time of the Gunners' FA Cup win at Wembley. "It's hard to put into words," he told Arsenal Player. "I won the Youth Cup with the youth team but that's nothing like this. "We've worked hard for the last six, seven years and we haven't won anything for nine years. The boss has been working hard but most of all [it's for] the fans. They come every week, they fill the Emirates and give us that force in Europe."

August

Jack continued his recovery from an ankle injury. "We still have to assess them [him and Bacary Sagna] again after the international break," said Arsene Wenger. "After that they should not be too far away from normal training."

October

Jack finally made his return to the first team, making his first Premier League start for 524 days in the win over QPR. The 20-year-old made an immediate impact, producing a typically combative performance that saw him crowned Man of the Match. “It felt amazing to be back,” Wilshere said. “All the hard work and long days at the training ground have paid off.

December

Jack made six appearances in December and was named man of the Match against both West Brom and Bradford. The young midfielder committed his long-term future to the Club after signing a new deal, to the delight of Arsene Wenger, who said: “Jack is certainly the best known, the leader of this group [of young British players]. We’re very happy that we could conclude their new deals at the same time.”

January

Jack continued to impress in the opening month of 2013, playing a part in all eight of Arsenal’s games and scoring the winner against Swansea in the FA Cup. His all-action performance against the Swans saw him named man of the match, while he was also voted Arsenal’s best player against Manchester City. Meanwhile, Jack was given the captain’s armband when regular skipper Thomas Vermaelen went off injured against West Ham United. “[Wilshere] is naturally a guy who is not scared of anything on the football pitch and that is usually the sign of a leader,” Arsene Wenger said. “He wants to win and shows you that. “Of course he will be one of the leaders of this club - in fact he already is. A leader is somebody who does everything on the pitch to help his team to win. And he does that.”

March

Jack played the entirety of the north London derby against Tottenham Hotspur before picking up an injury that ruled him out of the month’s remaining games.

May

Jack was used as a substitute in all three of Arsenal's games in May, making late appearances against Queens Park Rangers, Wigan Athletic and Newcastle United. "Jack will have a small, mild surgery [at the end of the season]," explained Arsene Wenger before the Wigan game. "It is a very small, small, small one. It is to remove a small pin. It will not be a problem. He will need very minor surgery, but we manage that as far as we can until the end of the season. At the moment, we use him only in games when I feel he is really needed."

August

Jack missed the start of the season with an ankle problem.

October

Jack did not feature for Arsenal as he continued his recovery from an ankle injury.

December

Jack continued his recovery from the ankle injury he picked up in the summer. "The news we have for Jack is very positive", said Arsene Wenger. "No [he will not be back sooner], we will respect the delays. I count maybe mid-February for Jack."

January

Jack continued his rehabilitation from an ankle injury after suffering a setback. "The first news we have had is better than expected," said Arsene Wenger. "He is not in a boot, but I don't know more. His morale looks quite good and I hope it will only be a short setback."

March

Jack continued his recovery from an ankle injury. "It is difficult to set a deadline on Jack," said Arsene Wenger. "We go week by week with him. But his last scan was very good so we don’t have worry anymore. It is about progress and fitness, however, I can’t set a date."

May

Jack will not feature for England at the European Championship. "His ankle is fine and he makes progress, but it is slow progress," said Arsene Wenger. "We had a chat about that. His progress is not quick enough to go to the Euros."

August

Jack made his senior England debut in August, becoming the Three Lions' 10th youngest ever player. He also featured in all three of Arsenal's Premier League games, starting against Liverpool and Blackpool before coming on as a substitute against Blackburn.

October

Jack continued his fine form though his month was cut short with a red card against Birmingham on October 16. The England man was given his marching orders deep into injury time for a tackle on Nicola Zigic and missed the rest of the domestic month. He did play against Shakhtar in the Champions League and finished off a flowing Arsenal move to top off a superb individual performance and get the Gunners’ fourth on the night.

December

Jack was again a regular feature alongside Alex Song at the heart of the Arsenal midfield during the month of December. The role meant he had the responsibility of protecting his back four in crunch games against Manchester United and Chelsea. Against the likes of Michael Essien and Mikel, the 18-year-old showed great physical strength as he and Song dominated.

January

Jack made seven appearances during the month of January as he continued his partnership with Alex Song at the heart of the Arsenal midfield. England manager Fabio Capello described him as “the future" and declared his intention to give him the ‘holding role’ for England after watching the 19-year-old hold down a midfield place for his club this season.

March

Jack continued to turn heads with his consistently impressive displays. The 19-year-old was arguably his team's stand-out performer at the Nou Camp against Barcelona as Arsenal went out of the Champions League. He was again one of the best players at Old Trafford in the FA Cup and against West Brom in the Premier League.

May

Jack was ever-present in May, completing a season that saw him make 49 appearances for Arsenal.

August

Jack had the nation talking in August after two goals and impressive performances in the Emirates Cup. Manager Arsène Wenger compared Wilshere to Wayne Rooney when the Manchester United striker started his career at Everton. "He has belief and a positive attitude to going forwards," said Wenger during a press conference at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Jack earned himself an England Under-21 call up and made his debut as Stuart Pearce's side where held to a 0-0 draw in Holland.


October

Jack played 90 minutes for England Under-21s in their 6-3 victory over Macedonia. He missed the Carling Cup win over Liverpool and the North London derby after sustaining an ankle injury.

December

Jack played twice for Arsenal in December and was heavily linked with a loan move to Burnley after Arsène Wenger revealed he had spoken to Owen Coyle about a short-term switch when Arsenal met the Clarets at Turf Moor. "I would prefer [a loan move to be] in the Premier League," said Wenger. "But a top-level Championship club would be interesting as well."

January

Jack started the first game of the month, a 2-1 FA Cup victory over West Ham United. However the Englishman didn’t feature again for Arsenal in January after picking up a hamstring injury. At the end of the month Jack joined Bolton Wanderers on loan for the rest of the season.

March

Jack continued his loan spell at Bolton and made four appearances for the Trotters. Jack scored his first Premier League goal as Owen Coyle's side beat West Ham United 2-1 at Upton Park on March 6.

May

Jack completed his loan spell at Bolton Wanderers where he had made 13 appearances and scored once. Bolton manager Owen Coyle told reporters he believes Wilshere has benefited from the loan spell. "I think it was a fantastic experience for him and a very worthwhile one for us, too," said the Bolton manager. "The fans can see what a great young English talent he is."

August

Jack featured extensively in August’s pre-season fixtures and was rewarded with the No 19 shirt, recently vacated by Gilberto, for the new season. The achievement capped an unbelievable 12 months for the 16-year-old who only made his Reserve team debut in February 2008. Jack’s fellow teenager Theo Walcott said: “He’s a really nice lad. For a little lad he’s very strong, he’s got a good left foot and his link-up play is fantastic. Every time he gets the ball and does something he brings a smile to your face.”

October

After Jack’s record-breaking September, the 16-year-old had a quiet October. The midfielder did not feature in any Premier League squads but did spend some time away on international duty.

December

Another industrious month in Jack’s fledgling career. A cameo Champions League appearance against Porto followed 90 minutes against Burnley in the Carling Cup on December 2. His manager also included the teenager in all of his Premier League squads throughout the month and said: “"I believe he will end up a central midfielder, just off the striker in the Bergkamp role. I am convinced he will have tremendous penetrative power and we forget that this boy is only 16 and already has so much power - you give him four more years and he will be massively strong.”

January

January was a massive month in Jack’s career. After turning 17 on New Year’s Day, he signed his first professional terms with the Club on Monday 5th. But before that he was busy breaking more Arsenal records. After already becoming the Club youngest Premier League and Champions League player, Jack Wilshere became the youngest Gunner to appear in the FA Cup when he appeared in the Third-Round tie against Plymouth on Saturday 3rd. Many happy returns to Jack.

March

Jack did not feature in any of the March matchday squads but he did play a key role in the Under-18s’ progression to the FA Youth Cup Semi-Final. The 17-year-old has been a mainstay in Steve Bould’s midfield throughout that competition.

May

Jack didn’t feature for the first team in May but was instrumental for the Under-18s as they brought the FA Youth Cup back to Arsenal for the first time since 2001.