Jack Wilshere would be the first to admit that his Arsenal career has not gone the way it perhaps should have.
Seen as the next big thing for the club and the country, he has struggled desperately with injury issues and has never been able to take back the promise he made after entering the Gunners’ first team. .
Wilshere made his debut against the Blackburn Rovers in September 2008, at the age of 16 and 256 days, and three years after becoming the club’s youngest debutant, he was a regular with the team and mixed it up. with the big boys of the Champions League. .
His playing days may not be over yet, but Wilshere has now shed some light on his time in North London in an impromptu question-and-answer session on his Twitter.
Inviting fans to ask him questions using the hashtag #askwilsh, the 34-cap England midfielder – who has already won six Man of the Match awards for the Three Lions in seven Euro 2016 qualifiers – has opened up on a number of Gunners related account, including the past or present player he would ideally like to play in midfield and what he thinks about Mesut Ozil’s informal exit from the club.
But the most striking – and hilarious – response of all was when Wilshere was asked what it was like to play against Barcelona at the Emirates Stadium in 2011, when he clashed with the legendary trio midfielder of Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets.
Asked whether or not he had learned much from the trio, Wilshere joked “I couldn’t learn much, they all spent the night in my pocket”. In truth, his retort wasn’t much of an exaggeration. On the night he performed superb against Barca’s established all-star team, even though he was still a teenager, and the Gunners emerged victorious 2-1 thanks to late goals from Robin van Persie and Andrey Arshavin.
Wilshere revealed that Arsene Wenger told him to just “be yourself” after that performance, telling him he was on the team because he was good enough. He also confirmed that Patrick Vieira, a legendary Arsenal figure for the better part of the decade, would be the player he would most want to play with if given the chance.
He also recalled the time he took on Tottenham supporters after Arsenal’s FA Cup victory in 2015, joking that his antics on the parade bus that followed had cost him a fine of £ 40,000, before adding that he was sad to see Mesut Ozil leaving the club. after being frozen.