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Jack Wilshere

Jack Wilshere Profile

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

Richly talented midfielder Jack Wilshere made a successful return to first-team action in 2012/13.

Having been sidelined for the whole of the previous campaign through injury, he made his first-team comeback in November’s 1-0 win over QPR – appearing from the start and looking as if he had never been away. He proceeded to produce remarkably consistent performances for a player who had been out for so long, starting 15 consecutive top-flight games between November 28 and March 3 while also proving influential in other competitions.

His drive, vision and football intelligence made a genuine difference in the Gunners’ winter revival, and he put in a particularly memorable performance in the FA Cup replay against Swansea City, scoring a fine winner and running the midfield. Two months previously, he had opened his account for the season with a neat finish against Montpellier. He played in several midfield roles – deep-lying on occasion and also behind the striker.

One of the most exciting English talents of his generation, he has been with Arsenal from 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 Gunners 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).

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 Total
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2008-2009 0 + 1 0 0 + 2 0 0 + 2 0 3 1 3 + 5 1
2009-2010 0 + 1 0 1 + 2 0 1 0 2 0 4 + 3 0
2010-2011 31 + 4 1 7 1 1 + 1 0 5 0 44 + 5 2
2012-2013 20 + 5 0 3 1 2 + 2 1 1 0 26 + 7 2
2013-2014 19 + 4 3 6 + 1 2 2 0 1 0 28 + 5 5
Total 70 + 15 4 17 + 5 4 6 + 5 1 12 1 105 + 25 10

My Year

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

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.

September

Jack featured in five in Arsenal's six games in September. The England midfielder's most notable displays came in the wins against Sunderland and Marseille where he combined well with new signing Mesut Ozil. The 21-year-old featured regularly on the left flank during September and drew special praise from his manager Arsene Wenger. "Jack is always willing to sacrifice himself for the team and that is absolutely fantastic," Wenger told Arsenal Player. "The left flank is not his best position, we all know that. But he has a lot of freedom to move inside and he plays a little bit in the [Santi] Cazorla role."

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."

November

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."

February

An ankle injury kept Jack out of the first game of the month against Crystal Place but the midfielder returned for the defeat at Anfield. Jack went on to produce strong displays against Manchester United and Bayern Munich but his stand-out performance came in the 4-1 win at home to Sunderland where he controlled the game and was heavily involved in two of Arsenal's goals. "We have some big games coming up, we [need to] continue with the same work ethic off the ball, try to win it back straight away and press them," he said after the Sunderland win. "You see the best teams in the world like Barcelona and Bayern Munich do that and we have to try to do that as well, because when we get in their half we have the players to hurt them."

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.

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."

September

Jack did not feature in September.

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.

November

Jack started the month by being sent off at Old Trafford. Things improved from there though, and he scored his first goal since returning from injury in the 2-0 win over Montpellier. “I’m very happy because Jack lost more than a year with injury,” team-mate Laurent Koscielny said after Wilshere’s goal against the French side. He’s a very good player. He’s young and has a long career in front of him. He played well for the team and it’s good he scored.”

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.”

February

Jack started all but one of Arsenal’s games in February, also coming on as a second-half substitute against Blackburn Rovers. The 21-year-old continued to impress with a series of dynamic displays, and was named man of the match for his performance in the game against Bayern Munich. “He adds that little bit more that we need in many of our games,” said Santi Cazorla. “His return from injury was a great plus for the Club and we all hope he can maintain the level he’s at because he’s very good."

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.

April

Jack made his return from an ankle injury against Norwich City, starting the game and completing an hour of action. The 21-year-old also started the following game against Everton before coming off the bench against Fulham and Manchester United. Jack’s performances over the course of the season were rewarded with a nomination for PFA Young Player of the Year.

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.

September

Jack underwent successful surgery to repair a stress fracture of his right ankle. His rehabilitation is expected to take a period of four to five months. It was a happy month for the midfielder, however, as he celebrated the birth of his son Archie.

October

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

November

Jack continued to recover from his 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."

February

Jack continued his rehabilitation from an ankle injury. "The recovery of his latest problem looks very, very good. His last scan was very positive so we go here cautiously, step by step, because we tried to push him back quicker and we had a setback. This time we have to be very cautious and not go too quick. He can be back before the end of the season, of course," Arsene Wenger said.

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."

April

Jack was ruled out for the season with an ankle injury. "He makes slow progress and at the moment is still in our rehab centre," said Arsene Wenger. "We take time, we are patient with him. He makes progress, but slow progress."

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.

September

Jack established himself as a first-team regular with some fine displays during the month of September. He started five games and made one substitute appearance and he received rave reviews for his performances in midfield. Jack created goals for both Henri Lansbury and Andrey Arshavin in a Man of the Match performance against Tottenham in the Carling Cup. He also set up goals for Cesc Fabregas and Arshavin with intelligent back-heels in Champions League games against Braga and Partizan respectively. He was also a half-time substitute as England Under-21s beat Lithuania 3-0 at the start of the month.

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.

November

Jack continued to produce performances beyond his years as he was a virtual ever-present in the Arsenal midfield during November. He helped the Gunners to away wins over Everton and Wolves before suffering a back problem on international duty. He was declared fit to face Tottenham but was an unused substitute for that game. He scored his first Premier League goal of the season when he headed home Arsenal’s fourth in stoppage time at Villa.

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.

February

Jack continued to make headlines with a string of wonderful displays. He made his full England debut against Denmark on February 9 and followed that with an influential performance for his club side to help Arsenal to a vital 2-1 win over Barcelona. The likes of Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Xavi were on show but it was Jack who took the eye. He described it as “the biggest night of my Arsenal career so far.”

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.

April

Jack was named the 2011 PFA Young Player of the Year following a wonderful season for both club and county. On the pitch, he began to show signs of fatigue following a campaign in which the midfielder has made 40-plus appearances for Arsenal.

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.


September

Jack was a late substitute in the 3-2 win against Standard Liege and played 90 minutes in the Carling Cup victory over West Brom. Manager Arsène Wenger set him the objective of improving his game this season rather than giving him a target number of first-team appearances to achieve. "I believe you do not know what will happen throughout the season so for Jack the objective is to improve," said Wenger. "There are some areas where he can improve and that is most important that you work on everything."

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.

November

After being sidelined for much of November with an ankle injury, Jack returned from injury in the Reserves' 2-1 defeat at home to Aston Villa. The midfielder told Arsenal.com that he believes the Gunners can win the Carling Cup this season. Looking ahead to the Manchester City clash in December, he said, "I think now we are into the last eight it is realistic for us to win the trophy. I think we can beat City and if we do then the competition will be wide open. We can go all the way."

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.

February

Jack featured in three Premier League games for Bolton after moving to Reebok Stadium on loan in January. He started their 1-0 win over Wolves and their defeat to Manchester City. He also appeared as a substitute in the Trotters' goalless draw with Wigan.

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.

April

Jack continued to do well on loan at Bolton, making four appearances for the Trotters.

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.”

September

Jack made Arsenal history on the 13th when his appearance against Blackburn Rovers, aged 16 years 256 days, made him the club’s youngest ever League player. If that didn’t propel him into the spotlight enough, the teenager completed 90 minutes against Sheffield United, registering his first Gunners goal in the process. Wenger said of Jack: "He is a quiet boy, very determined, very focused. The talent is there you have seen that again tonight. It is always difficult when you are the manager of a boy with talent like that, you are always a little bit cautious to put too much pressure on him and too high a level of expectation. I’m not sure if he shaves yet though.”

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.

November

For the second time this season, Jack Wilshere etched his name into Arsenal’s history books with a record-breaking Champions League appearance on November 25. When the 16-year-old replaced Carlos Vela in Arsenal’s 1-0 Champions League victory over FC Dynamo Kyiv he eclipsed the record set by Theo Walcott in 2006 to become Arsenal’s youngest European player. During the month Arsène Wenger said, “Wilshere as well is a guy who goes at you and dribbles. These players are exposed to be kicked so you have to protect them a little bit more.”

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.

February

Jack was included in Arsenal’s first-team squad for their FA Cup clash with Cardiff but his highlight of the month came away from Emirates Stadium. On Tuesday, February 10, the 17-year-old made his debut for the England Under-19s in their 3-0 defeat against Spain.

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.

April

Jack didn’t feature for the first-team at all during April but was in good form for Steve Bould’s Under-18s.

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.