Comparing Jack Wilshere’s stats to Arsenal’s current midfielders

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With Arsenal suffering something of a crisis in terms of their available midfield options, fan favourite Jack Wilshere has been tipped to make a sensational return to the Emirates.

The Hale End academy graduate may not have seen his career quite pan out as it looked like it might’ve when he produced that individual display against Pep Guardiola’s over a decade ago, as he’s currently without a club.

Having been released by Bournemouth last summer, Wilshere has been training with Mikel Arteta’s squad in order to keep his fitness up and find a new club.

The 30-year-old’s name was trending on Twitter following Granit Xhaka’s midweek red card against Liverpool, with suggestions that he could be registered for this Sunday’s north London derby.

Unfortunately, for a player that relishes taking on Tottenham like few others, the deadline has passed for the midfielder to face their old foes.

But Arsenal have requested the match be postponed amid their lack of options, with coronavirus complicating matters with an already thin squad, particularly in midfield, with Xhaka suspended and Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny away at the Africa Cup Of Nations.

Were Wilshere to be re-registered to play for his beloved Gunners, could he still do a job for them in the centre of the park? We’ve taken a look at the stats to see how he stacks up against Arteta’s current options.

Given Wilshere’s lack of game time this season, we’ve had to go back for his stats – we’ve included both his last season, at Bournemouth in the Championship (2020-21) and his last Premier League season at Arsenal (2017-18).

Note: we haven’t included Elneny due to lack of minutes, but we’ve included Odegaard, Partey, Lokonga and Xhaka from the 2021-22 Premier League campaign so far.

Goals
Martin Odegaard – 4
Jack Wilshere (Bournemouth, 20-21) – 1
Jack Wilshere (Arsenal, 17-18) – 1
Thomas Partey – 1
Albert Sambi Lokonga – 0
Granit Xhaka – 0

Assists
Martin Odegaard – 3
Jack Wilshere (Arsenal, 17-18) – 3
Jack Wilshere (Bournemouth, 20-21) – 1
Granit Xhaka – 1
Thomas Partey – 0
Albert Sambi Lokonga – 0

Minutes per goal or assist
Martin Odegaard – 174
Jack Wilshere (Arsenal, 17-18) – 297
Jack Wilshere (Bournemouth, 20-21) – 357
Granit Xhaka – 828
Thomas Partey – 1328
Albert Sambi Lokonga – N/A

Chances created per 90 minutes
Martin Odegaard – 2.3
Albert Sambi Lokonga – 1.3
Jack Wilshere (Arsenal, 17-18) – 1.1
Jack Wilshere (Bournemouth, 20-21) – 1.0
Granit Xhaka – 0.9
Thomas Partey – 0.6

Successful dribbles per 90 minutes (success rate)
Jack Wilshere (Arsenal, 17-18) – 3.4 (80%)
Thomas Partey – 1.4 (82%)
Jack Wilshere (Bournemouth, 20-21) – 1.3 (81%)
Martin Odegaard – 0.6 (54%)
Granit Xhaka – 0.4 (44%)
Albert Sambi Lokonga – 0.3 (100%)

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Jack Wilshere is marked by Xavi and Lionel Messi as Arsenal play Barcelona at the Emirates Stadium. February 2011.

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Passes per 90 minutes (passing accuracy)
Jack Wilshere (Arsenal, 17-18) – 61.2 (86.4%)
Albert Sambi Lokonga – 60.8 (87.5%)
Granit Xhaka – 55.9 (85.8%)
Thomas Partey – 52.2 (85.3%)
Martin Odegaard – 49.9 (83.2%)
Jack Wilshere (Bournemouth, 20-21) – 39.6 (88.2%)

Successful tackles per 90 minutes
Albert Sambi Lokonga – 2.1
Granit Xhaka – 1.8
Thomas Partey – 1.7
Jack Wilshere (Bournemouth, 20-21) – 1.6
Martin Odegaard – 1.4
Jack Wilshere (Arsenal, 17-18) – 1.1

Shots per 90 minutes (inside penalty area)
Thomas Partey – 1.8 (0.3)
Albert Sambi Lokonga – 1.6 (0)
Martin Odegaard – 1.4 (0.4)
Jack Wilshere (Arsenal, 17-18) – 1.1 (0.5)
Granit Xhaka – 0.9 (0.4)
Jack Wilshere (Bournemouth, 20-21) – 0.3 (0.1)


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