Jack Wilshere’s 90 minutes against Tottenham on Saturday represented the first time he’s played a whole game of Premier League football in two years.
With that kind of statistic in toe, it’s easy to see why the England international has endured such a frustrating short career.
Now on loan at Bournemouth, the midfielder has the chance to prove himself in the top flight, but the very fact he’s been sent there at all does suggest Arsene Wenger doesn’t see a future for him at the Emirates.
It seems unlikely Wilshere would be allowed to play for another Premier League club if he was destined to go onto great things in North London.
Yet, on the other hand, he desperately needs game time if he’s to get back to his best.
Jamie Redknapp is among the doubters. The former Spurs and Liverpool captain turned Sky Sports pundit questioned after Saturday’s 0-0 draw whether the time was right for Wilshere to get away from Arsenal.
However, according to the Sun, the loanee Gunner hit back:
“I don’t know where he got that from.
“I’ve not really thought about that so how other people can comment on it.
“If he doesn’t see me going back to Arsenal then that’s up to him. He’s entitled to his opinion but I haven’t thought about that.”
For now, all Wilshere can do is try and put a run of games together, but it’s fair to say he needs to start making more of an impact on the South Coast, or he may well have already played his last game for Arsenal.