By Russell Edge
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has stated that he is worried midfielder Jack Wilshere will never reach his full potential due to his injury struggles.
In his weekly press conference on Friday, available on the official Arsenal website, the French manager said that the 25-year-old’s injury record means he will struggle to hit the very top of his game.
Wenger gave his verdict after confirming that Wilshere suffered a suspected broken leg while playing on loan for Bournemouth.
The injury, which does not require surgery but means Wilshere will miss the final games of the season, is another in a long list of setbacks which have kept him from playing.
Since making his debut for Arsenal in 2008, Wilshere has missed over 150 games through injury, and it is this record which worries his manager.
Wenger said in the press conference: “Jack is a great football player with a great football brain.
“His career has been stopped by many injuries.
“You’re always sad when a guy of that quality is stopped by problems.”
He also admitted that consistently playing was the key to forging a successful career at the top level of football.
“Today at the top level, the most important thing is the consistency of the presence,” Wenger told journalists.
“A great career doesn’t suffer from stop and go, you have to be consistently present.
“When you look at all the players who are at the top level in the world like Cristiano Ronaldo, these guys play 50 or 60 games a year.”
Wilshere has only ever completed over 30 league games in a season once during his career, and made just 46 league appearances over the last four seasons.
In other Arsenal news, the club are reported to have secured the signing of a £25m Barcelona midfielder.