Renowned film writer, Trevanian, once said that irony is fate’s most common figure of speech. In the case of Bournemouth loanee, Jack Wilshere, that saying could not be a more accurate depiction of his most recent plight as a collision with Harry Kane at White Hart Lane on Saturday reduced a man who dug into Spurs with chants following Arsenal’s 2014 and 2015 FA Cup victories to having his season buried on enemy turf. The expected boos and trolling from Tottenham fans were deafening, mocking one of Arsenal’s most popular anti-Spurs chants.
“It’s happened again, it’s happened again, Jack Wilshere, it’s happened again.”
While the attempt at dark humour can be seen as in bad taste, it’s come as a cruel reminder of a player who has been forced to starve for game time due to a never-ending injury cycle. Both Bournemouth and parent club, Arsenal, confirmed Wednesday that Wilshere suffered a fractured fibula in the game, the same injury that cost him nearly the entire 2015/16 season. Not only does this bring his otherwise fruitful loan with the Cherries to an abrupt end, but puts the 25-year-old’s career at a crossroads as he enters the final year of his contract with the Gunners.
Forget crossroads, Wilshere’s career needs a detour as its current path is unclear as ever.