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Jack Wilshere’s career could have been so different, but it’s great that he joined Bournemouth


When Jack Wilshere mesmerized the masses with a tantalizing performance against mighty Barcelona in 2011, it seemed the sky was the limit for the 19-year-old. He had the world at his feet and a lot of people pushed him to be an Arsenal and England hero.

Even after trading Emirates Stadium for his childhood West Ham in 2018, very few would have predicted that he would end up becoming a free agent and have to travel to the Championship to try and revive his declining career just three years older. late.

It was announced today that Wilshere, who had previously spent time on loan at Bournemouth, has signed again for Cherries as part of a short-term deal.

Wilshere got his first glimpse of Premier League football under Arsene Wenger at the tender age of 16 years, eight months and 12 days. He was playing Champions League football just two months later and was urged by many to be a future Arsenal captain.

Sadly, injuries prevented him from realizing his undoubted potential and he joined Bournemouth on loan in 2016, giving Wilshere the opportunity to continue playing in the top flight while getting back into shape after a long series of injuries. term.

Every time he returned from the treatment room, there was hope that this player who had promised so much in the early years of his career had finally put his fitness issues behind him, but his body kept crumbling.

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Wilshere’s performance against Slovenia in 2015 was magnificent | Stu Forster / Getty Images

Now only a former England international, the 29-year-old has 34 caps to his name. The midfielder has made seven of England’s Euro 2016 qualifiers and was named man of the match in six of them – proof that even after his start the boy could play.

Wilshere has certainly proven that he has the ability to strut on the biggest stages, dictating midfielders and winning regularly in games. He set the bar so high from the start that once his fitness became a constant problem, it became virtually impossible for him to reach those heights again.

Often that magical night in the Emirates where he dazzled against Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets serves as a barometer of the level at which he was able to perform.

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One of the greatest football players of all time, and Lionel Messi | Shaun Botterill / Getty Images

A gifted technician capable of receiving the ball in the tightest spaces and with excellent passing range. Wilshere, at the height of his powers, also offered training to any midfielder he found himself in with an ability to carry the ball into sometimes underrated danger areas.

When it comes to his chances of playing for one of the biggest clubs in England or Europe again, this ship has sailed but the player and his fans are hoping above all that he can just start playing football again. regularly – at any level.