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Everyone’s going a little bit mad for Jack Wilshere’s first-half performance in the Europa League 

The Arsenal midfielder has started his second game of the season

Jack Wilshere is back, folks. 

The forgotten man of English football has been given a rare opportunity in Arsenal’s starting line-up for their Europa League clash against BATE Borisov this evening.

And midfielder has fully grasped Arsene Wenger’s decision by showing us all exactly what he’s capable of.


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Wilshere starts in a new-look Arsenal line-up

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Wilshere starts in a new-look Arsenal line-up

The England international played a full 90 minutes last week in the Gunners’ Carabao Cup win over Doncaster, and was given the nod alongside the likes of youngsters Joe Willock, Reiss Nelson and Ainsley Maitland-Niles for the game in Belarus.

And the injury-prone star was at the centre of Arsenal’s attacking play in the first-half, setting up Theo Walcott for the opener with a wonderful Wilshere-esque run and cross.

Good to be back

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Good to be back

Having received the ball from the wing, Wilshere elegantly controlled the ball and turned to play a nice one-two with Olivier Giroud, before running into the box and crossing for the grateful Theo Walcott to head home.

Wilshere receives the ball from the wing and control’s brilliantly on the turn

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Wilshere receives the ball from the wing and control’s brilliantly on the turn

He then plays a wonderful one-two with Giroud

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He then plays a wonderful one-two with Giroud

As he receives the ball back from Giroud, he glides into the BATE box and crosses to an open Walcott

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As he receives the ball back from Giroud, he glides into the BATE box and crosses to an open Walcott

Who heads home effortlessly

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Who heads home effortlessly

Brilliant stuff. 

As you’d expect, fans were quick to lavish praise on the long-time favourite.

Here’s just a few of the best Tweets.