Wilshere Wants Cup Start To Boost World Cup Dream
Taking barely fit players to international tournaments has been England’s undoing in the past and if Jack Wilshere gets his way he’ll be the latest unfit player heading to the World Cup with England.
Reports suggest that Jack is pushing for a cup start in a bid to prove his fitness for the World Cup squad. Is this a good thing for Arsenal and for England?
According to a recent statistical analysis, England are 3.4% likely to win the World Cup. Clear favourites are hosts Brazil with a 22.1% chance.
England have been given the best chance of the Group D members but there is an argument to be made that England won’t even make it out of their group. With scorching temperatures, high altitudes and extreme humidity the pundits think it’s not going to be a favourable tournament for European sides.
As Arsenal won’t have any representatives playing for South American countries it seems unlikely we’ll welcome back a World Cup winner or finalist as we did in 2010 with our two most recently departed ex-captains.
However, with a growing German contingent at Arsenal we have players from the European team most likely to go far. Germany are a good outside shout for the World Cup and worldcupfootballbets.com has all the latest odds.
England may not get very far but there might be some benefits to Arsenal of Jack going with them. He’ll get much needed match time and although England aren’t expected to go far it will help him gain some match sharpness before hopefully putting in an injury-free pre-season with Arsenal putting him back to his peak for when the season starts again.
Injury is a concern as Arsenal always seem to lose players to injuries picked up on international duty but injury is a concern in any game.
It has not been Jack’s best season, he has not performed particularly badly but has struggled to define his place in the Arsenal team and being in and out with injury has not helped matters. England are very short on top quality players which is why Jack is still a consideration despite his irregular starting place at Arsenal.
Roy Hodgson recently said he would only take players on form but one suspects that is more to do with certain players in Manchester being exposed for the par players they are. A player of Jack’s capabilities is not to be understated and his importance to the national team as well as Arsenal is already apparent at his tender years.
Going away with England should only serve to benefit Jack and in turn Arsenal but not at the expense of our cup final. If Arsène Wenger believes Jack is ready to play then I’m sure he’ll give him some pitch time as Wenger is one of the most sympathetic managers when it comes to national teams but he certainly won’t play him if he doesn’t think he’ll aid our cup ambition.
What do you think? Should Jack play in the cup final? Will Arsenal welcome back a World Cup winner?
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