Now 25, Wilshere is running out of time to prove himself after struggles with fitness and form in recent years, though he seems to have benefited from last season’s loan at Bournemo
Arsenal will be without Mesut Ozil against Brighton this weekend after Arsene Wenger confirmed the German’s ‘short-term’ problems with a knee injury earlier today. The 28-year-old was in the squad against West Brom last week, but only played seven minutes off the bench having missed the previous league match against Chelsea.
It remains to be seen if there is more to the situation than this, though some sceptics will no doubt raise an eyebrow at Ozil’s sloppy form so far this term and the offer of a new contract that remains unsigned. Still, the Gunners might not be so bad without Ozil after all, with a new-found work rate and defensive strength seeing them battle to a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge without him in the side.