Arsenal’s opening goal against Norwich is being hailed as the best in Premier League history by some sage judges and Jack Wilshere’s cool finish to a move he had been heavily involved in summed up the former Luton Town youth’s excellent start to the campaign.
As 5/1 third-favourites behind Man City and Chelsea Arsene Wenger’s side are being taken very seriously in their quest to land the title for the first time in a decade and if players like Wilshere continue in such stunning form, that price will not be around for much longer.
In just eight Premier League games this season Wilshere has trebled his Arsenal Premier League goal tally.
Despite such obvious talent Wilshere has been the scourge of many a Fantasy Football manager during his career and coming into the season on the back of a goalless 2012/13 Premier League campaign indicates why.
However, after capping a sublime Gunners move with a smart finish against Norwich – his second goal in two league games after bagging an equaliser against West Brom – the diminutive playmaker is already guaranteed to enjoy his most prolific goalscoring campaign in the top flight, having only grabbed a goal apiece for Arsenal and on loan at Bolton previously.
In his last four top-flight games Wilshere has had six shots at goal, compared with just one in his previous four matches.
Wilshere has spent much of his career away from the goalscoring action in central midfield, where he is adept at promoting an attack, but with wingers Theo Walcott, Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski all largely unavailable so far in this campaign the Stevenage native has been forced to provide an outlet out wide.
With Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta quite content to sit in midfield Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey have provided attacking impetus down the flanks, while Mesut Ozil’s presence in the number ten role grants the two British prospects plenty of service in attack as the German international has already created 14 chances in his five Premier League games.
Nine of the player’s 12 key passes this season have come in the last four games, which includes an assist against Norwich.
The young Gunner added to his multi-faceted involvement in Arsenal’s opener with the last pass before Ramsey’s mazy run ended with the Welshman firing home his ninth goal in all competitions this term.
Although he had practically as many touches on the ball when playing in midfield at the start of the season the move further forward has seen Wilshere become more involved in attacks, where the England man can grab the headlines and Roy Hodgson’s eye with greater ease.