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Jack Wilshere

Jack Andrew Garry Wilshere (born 1 January 1992) is an English Association football who plays as a midfielder for Arsenal F.C. and the England national football team.

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Jack Wilshere biography

Jack Andrew Garry Wilshere (born 1 January 1992) is an English Association football who plays as a midfielder for Arsenal F.C. and the England national football team.

Wilshere came up through Arsenal's youth academy and impressed from an early age. Jack Wilshere made Jack Wilshere first team debut in 2008, at the age of 16, and was Arsenal's youngest ever league debutant. In Jack Wilshere short career thus far Wilshere has earned a number of accolades including the PFA Young Player of the Year, PFA Team of the Year, and Arsenal's Player of the Season as voted on by the fans for Jack Wilshere performances in Jack Wilshere first full campaign for Arsenal during the 2010–11 Premier League.

Early life

Wilshere was born in Stevenage, Hertfordshire and currently lives in Hitchin, where Jack Wilshere grew up, attending Whitehill Junior School and The Priory School. Jack Wilshere captained The Priory School Football team to County Cup and District Cup glory from Year 7 through to Year 10, and also added the Under 15s National Cup to Jack Wilshere list in Year 8, playing alongside Leyton Orient's Jake Argent-Martin and Jack Reeves.

Club career

Youth and Reserves

Wilshere joined the Arsenal F.C. Academy in October 2001 at the age of nine. Jack Wilshere rose through the ranks, and at the age of 15 was named the captain of the under-16s; Jack Wilshere also made a few appearances for the Under-18s. In the summer of 2007 Wilshere featured in the Champions Youth Cup and upon Jack Wilshere return to England, Arsenal Academy coach Steve Bould gave Jack Wilshere a start for the Under-18s first game against the Chelsea F.C. Reserves and Youth Team. Jack Wilshere scored Jack Wilshere first goal against Aston Villa Under-18s in a 4–1 win. Jack Wilshere then scored a hat-trick against Watford Under-18s, helping Jack Wilshere side to an Academy Group A title. Jack Wilshere finished Jack Wilshere first full season with the Under-18s with 13 goals in 18 appearances, most of which coming at age 15.

In February 2008, Jack Wilshere made Jack Wilshere debut for Arsenal F.C. Reserves aged 16 against Reading, and scored Arsenal's only goal of the match, which ended in a draw. Jack Wilshere scored a memorable goal against West Ham reserves in March, picking the ball up and curling a shot into the top left corner under the watching eye of Arsène Wenger. Jack Wilshere managed to record 2 goals and 2 assists in just 3 appearances for the reserves at the end of the 2007–08 season. Jack Wilshere played in the Under-16s victory in the Atalanta Cup, being named as player of the tournament. Jack Wilshere played an important role in Arsenal's 2009 2008–09 FA Youth Cup win, scoring goals in the semi final and producing a man-of-the-match display in the first leg of the final against Liverpool F.C., assisting two goals and scoring himself.

2008–09 season

In July 2008, Wilshere was selected in the first team for the pre-season friendlies. Jack Wilshere made Jack Wilshere first team debut against Barnet F.C. as a half-time substitute for Henri Lansbury, setting up a goal for Jay Simpson. Wilshere scored Jack Wilshere first two goals for Arsenal in a 10–2 win against a Burgenland XI, and again two days later in a friendly against VfB Stuttgart.

Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger gave Wilshere a place in Arsenal's first team squad for the 2008–09 season, and Jack Wilshere was given the number 19 shirt which Jack Wilshere has retained to this day. Jack Wilshere made Jack Wilshere competitive debut in a Premier League match against Blackburn Rovers F.C. at Ewood Park in September 2008, as an 84th-minute substitute for Robin van Persie. At the age of 16 years and 256 days, Jack Wilshere was Arsenal's youngest-ever league debutante, a record previously held by Cesc Fàbregas. Ten days later, on 23 September, Wilshere scored Jack Wilshere first competitive Arsenal goal in a 6–0 victory against Sheffield United F.C. in the Football League Cup. On 25 November 2008, Wilshere came on as a substitute in a UEFA Champions League match against FC Dynamo Kyiv, becoming the fifth sixteen-year-old to ever play in the Champions League. In January 2009 Wilshere signed Jack Wilshere first professional contract, extending it in July the same year.

2009–10 season

In the preparation for the 2009–10 season, Wilshere scored twice and was twice awarded Man of the Match as Arsenal regained the friendly tournament, the Emirates Cup. On 22 September 2009, Jack Wilshere started for Arsenal in their 2–0 Football League Cup win over West Bromwich Albion F.C.. In the 37th minute of the match, Jack Wilshere was involved in a controversial incident with Jerome Thomas as Thomas pushed Wilshere's face and was shown a red card.

Loan to Bolton Wanderers

On 29 January 2010, Wilshere joined Premier League side Bolton Wanderers F.C. on loan until the end of the 2009–10 season. Jack Wilshere made Jack Wilshere first league start in the away game at Manchester City F.C. on 9 February, and scored Jack Wilshere first Bolton goal, Jack Wilshere first in the Premier League, on 6 March 2010 in the 2–1 victory at West Ham United F.C.. Jack Wilshere impressed at Bolton and they tried, unsuccessfully, to sign Jack Wilshere on loan for another season.

2010–11 season

The 2010–11 football season was a year of breakthrough for Wilshere. On 15 August 2010, Jack Wilshere made Jack Wilshere first start in the Premier League for Arsenal against Liverpool F.C. at Anfield. Jack Wilshere followed that up with another start the next weekend against Blackpool contributing with an assist. On 15 September, Wilshere started Jack Wilshere first Champions League game of the season providing an assist.
Wilshere was named Arsenal's Player of The Month for September 2010. On 16 October, Wilshere received Jack Wilshere first straight red card in first-team football in a Premier League match against Birmingham City for a challenge on Nikola Žigić. On 19 October, Wilshere scored Jack Wilshere first Champions League goal with a chip over Andriy Pyatov at the Emirates Stadium for Arsenal in a 5–1 thrashing of Shakhtar Donetsk in the group stage. On 1 November, it was announced that Wilshere had signed a new long-term contract. On 27 November, Wilshere scored Jack Wilshere first Premier League goal for Arsenal in a 4–2 win at Aston Villa. Wilshere was praised for Jack Wilshere highly influential display against FC Barcelona in Arsenal's 2–1 victory, Jack Wilshere completed 93.5% of Jack Wilshere passes overall and 91% of Jack Wilshere passes in the final third of the pitch. Manager Arsene Wenger described Jack Wilshere performance as "outstanding".
In April 2011, Wilshere won the PFA Young Player of the Year award, and was also named in the PFA Team of the Year for the 2010–11 season, along with Arsenal team-mates Samir Nasri and Bacary Sagna. In Jack Wilshere breakthrough season Jack Wilshere was also voted Arsenal's Player of the Season, ahead of the likes of Fàbregas, van Persie and Nasri.

2011–12 season

During the summer leading into the 2011-12 Season Wilshere suffered a stress fracture ankle injury during a pre-season friendly. The injury proved a persistent problem throughout Arsenal's pre-season and on 23 September 2011 it was reported that Wilshere would undergo surgery to repair the fracture. On 26 September, Arsenal announced that Wilshere had undergone successful surgery and would be out for four to five months.

Style of play

Wilshere is a player known for Jack Wilshere movement, aggression, dribbling, vision, passing and combination play. More recently, Owen Coyle, manager of Bolton during Wilshere's loan spell, praised Jack Wilshere ability to "tackle and take a knock", despite Jack Wilshere lack of height. Jack Wilshere has been compared to Paul Gascoigne for Jack Wilshere attributes as an all-round midfielder. However, Arsenal head of youth development Liam Brady noted that Wilshere had problems with Jack Wilshere temper early on in Jack Wilshere career.

Wilshere has been used in a number of positions, including attacking midfielder, winger (sport), and most recently central midfielder, where Jack Wilshere has played in all but one of Arsenal's matches during the 2010–11 season. In Wenger's words: 'He's a box-to-box player, more than just a holding midfielder.

International career

Since 2006, the England national football team have decided to play Wilshere in an age group above Jack Wilshere age. Wilshere was just 14 when Jack Wilshere played for the England national under-16 football team at the Victory Shield in 2006. At the age of 15, Jack Wilshere began playing for the England national under-17 football team. Jack Wilshere was then named in the squad for the 2009 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship in May, starting the first two games, particularly impressing in the 2nd game against Germany before going off with an injury which kept Jack Wilshere out of the final game. After the tournament, Jack Wilshere was named among the 10 future stars from the tournament.

Jack Wilshere has also been praised by England national football team manager Fabio Capello, who indicated there was a chance that Jack Wilshere would include the young midfielder in Jack Wilshere 2010 FIFA World Cup squad, though this did not happen. Jack Wilshere also came on as substitute for Jack Wilshere England national under-21 football team debut against the Netherlands U-21 national football team.

On 7 August 2010, Wilshere was called up to the Senior squad for the first time for their friendly against Hungary national football team on 11 August. Jack Wilshere made Jack Wilshere England debut on 11 August 2010, coming on as a 83rd minute substitute for Steven Gerrard against Hungary.
This made Jack Wilshere the 10th youngest player ever to play for the English national team.

On 9 February 2011 Jack Wilshere made Jack Wilshere full England debut when Jack Wilshere started in a friendly against Denmark. Jack Wilshere impressed despite playing in an unfamiliar role just in front of the defence and was praised by Fabio Capello.


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