By Dominic Toner
Freddie Ljungberg has hailed Jack Wilshere as an “amazing” player and believes he will return to the Arsenal first team if he can stay fit and play 38 games for Bournemouth this season.
Wilshere, 24, completed a season-long loan move this summer as he attempts to resurrect his career on the south coast.
Arsene Wenger agreed to send the Englishman on loan from the Emirates and hopes he will return with regular first-team football under his belt.
Ljungberg, currently working as a coach at Arsenal, expects Wilshere to make a swift return to the Arsenal starting XI if he can remain match fit this season at Dean Court.
“Everyone knows Jack is an amazing talent,” Ljungberg told The Mail. “He’s an amazing player. I love him. But I think if he can play 38 games for Bournemouth then he will be back here playing and starting again. I just think he’s had bad luck.
“He plays well, then after six of seven games, you think, ‘Oh he’s back’. Then he gets injured again. That’s a vicious cycle. I think if he can do that for 38 games, next season he will be back and he will be starting again.”
Ljungberg scored 71 goals in 317 appearances for the Gunners, and was a key member of the Invincibles team then went unbeaten in the 2003-04 Premier League season.
Constant injuries to Wilshere throughout his career have halted his progression to become an Arsenal great, despite showing glimpses of world-class football.
The former Bolton loanee has been sidelined throughout his career for 890 days, missing out on 154 matches for the Gunners.
He was omitted from Sam Allardyce’s first England squad and the player pushed for a loan move this season to kick-start his career elsewhere.
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe will now look to get the best out of Wilshere and hope he can help steer his team away from a potential relegation battle.
In other Arsenal team news, Eddie Howe claims that Wilshere has already taken the team to a new level.