Jack Wilshere produced glimpses of his class yesterday, as Arsenal reached the UEFA Champions League group stage in nail-biting fashion. Wilshere has been criticized for his performances of late, but he proved his doubters wrong and showed the soccer world last night exactly what he’s capable of.
The Gunners somewhat scraped through against Turkish side Besiktas at the Emirates yesterday after a 0-0 draw in Turkey in the first leg. Alexis Sanchez‘s first goal since his £35m move from Barcelona was just enough to separate the sides. Arsenal had Mathieu Debuchy sent off with 15 minutes remaining, but they held on and reached the Champions League group stage for an incredible 17th consecutive season.
Wilshere was at the heart of everything good about Arsenal and produced one of his best displays for a long time. He set up the eventual first half injury time winner for Sanchez and put in a good shift all night. With the terrific form of Aaron Ramsey of late and Mesut Ozil back in the side, Wilshere really needed to up his game. Arsenal now have options in midfield, and Wilshere would be first to admit that he hasn’t been Arsenal’s best performer in that position of late. But Wilshere showed Arsene Wenger exactly what he’s all about yesterday, just in case Wenger needed a reminder.
The Gunners, who have four points from a possible six in their Premier League campaign, travel to the King Power Stadium on Sunday to face newly promoted Leicester City. It’s a game that Wilshere and Arsenal should be looking to win, and the Gunners will be going there to do just that.