Jack Wilshere made his first return to the Emirates Stadium with West Ham just months after his Arsenal career ended.
Here, Football Paradise takes a closer look at Wilshere’s Gunners return in the Hammers’ 3-1 loss.
Wilshere was a fans’ favourite given the length of service to the Gunners and he got a warm reception. When the West Ham team was being read out he got a special mention from the announcer, who preceded his name by saying “welcome back to one of our own”. He also got some extra warm handshakes from his former team-match in the pre-match formalities.
Wilshere kept the ball well, operating with an 89 per cent pass completion rate, and wisely gave possession to the likes of Felipe Anderson, Michail Antonio and Robert Snodgrass, who caused Arsenal problems all afternoon with their direct running and pace. He was involved in the move that saw West Ham take the lead, quickly setting off Anderson in his own half but did not impose himself on the game otherwise.
Fitness and mobility
Wilshere got the through the 90 minutes without issue for the third time this season and looks to be fit. Playing in a sitting role, he did not show the marauding style to his play of days gone by and rarely figured in West Ham’s play in the final third. The one time he carried the ball any amount of distance he was ponderous and instead of slipping in Anderson he was bundled out of possession.