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Jack Wilshere Wins PFA Award

There haven`t been many bright spots in the 2010/11 campaign for Arsenal, even though it looked as though we`d finally break our silverware duck for a while there, however there has been one consistently brilliant ray of light shining proudly for we Gooners this season, and that ray goes by the name of Jack Wilshere.

It may feel at times as though the media has it in for Arsenal, nobody seems to like us, and when we lose many people take great joy in that, but because Jack Wilshere is English, he`s cut some slack and, as usual, hyped up beyond belief.

However this is one of those rare occasions where the player is seemingly living up to the hype.

Now let me start by saying I`m not a fan of player awards, they were proved to be a sham when Thierry Henry had a 30+ goal season was top of the assist charts and was still pipped to World Player of the year by some goofy show pony with a handful of goals and assists to his name. But that said, even though the final outcome of the voting might not always be accurate, I guess a player has to be at least halfway decent to make that list in the first place.

Jack Wilshere was awarded PFA Young Player of the Year prize in his first season as a first choice player, and I`m sure nobody can argue that this is one that isn`t fully deserved.

Wilshere has played his heart out this season with a consistent string of energetic, passionate, thoughtful and down right ballsy performances, the best of which came on a glorious night at Ashburton Grove were Jacky stood toe to toe with the finest football players on the planet …… and whooped them all.

We might not have much to feel happy about at this moment in time, but with a player like Jack Wilshere on the books, there`s always hope of good things to come, there also a feeling that Wilshere is doing a fine job in bridging the gap between players and fans.

So we here at Vital Arsenal would like to offer our congratulations to one of the finest young players we`ve seen in a long time.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday April 17 2011

Time: 11:11PM

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A shoe-in if ever there was one. Miles ahead of the rest. Well done Jack.
Wyn Mills
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17/04/2011 23:37:00

Miles ahead? He's been good but Nani's been better. Fair dues all the same he's a deserving winner unlike Bale. How on this Earth did Bale win PFA player of the year though?!
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17/04/2011 23:53:00

I think Nani didn't win because of his age. In this day and age I don't think 24 year olds should be nominated for that award. However Nani has by far been the best attacking player in the EPL this season. It is outrageous that he wasn't even nominated when someone like Bale actually wins it.
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18/04/2011 00:06:00

I actually heard one pundit say that Nani would deserve more credit if he changed his attitude. I forget who it was though.
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18/04/2011 00:13:00

People have foolishly been lead to believe Bale has been fantastic this season based on the 2 Inter games. He has been quiet this whole season, more so since the new year and undeservedly won the award. Parker or Adam, in my eyes, should've won the award. They've both single-handedly carried their struggling sides, I'd stick by that even if Nani had been nominated for the correct award (that's what I begrudge the most). Sorry for deterring from the point of your article, Wilshere is without a doubt the deserved winner of the award. Well done to him.
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18/04/2011 00:17:00

How on earth did Bale win it? he has 2-3 assists or something in the league.I guess scoring 3 at the San siro counts towards it now
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18/04/2011 00:18:00

That's the funniest comment i've read grone. Yes, Nani's a diver, I don't condone it and wish he would cut it from his game but all the same I saw Bale dive against Madrid, yet Tottenham got treated like national heroes despite getting thrashed and diving on 3 occasions. That's like not giving Ronaldo world player of the year when at Man U solely because he dives.
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18/04/2011 00:22:00

Bale has as many assists as Van Der Sar. Surely VDS deserves more credit as his position is 100 yards away from the other goal.
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18/04/2011 00:34:00

Haha interesting analogy of Ronaldinho in his prime - who was every bit as good as Henry. As for Bale, wouldnt of been my choice but hey that footballers voting for you. You do know that its the PFA who voted for him don't you, fellow professionals. And as for Famous number 7 saying Bale's only had a few good games - he couldnt be more wrong. Hes had a ridiculous amount of good/decent games this season and some SENSATIONAL games. And if Bale winning is a sham then what the hell was Ryan Giggs's award last season - At least Bale has played ffs!!! Haha
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18/04/2011 03:03:00

Diving on 3 occasions? Really? Pish, ok Sandro's ill give you that one. But stop sprouting munk the other 3 were just as much penaltys as the ones awarded at the emirates today.
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18/04/2011 03:11:00

Well you guys talk about assists. He has scored 11 goals in 38 games this season, not bad for a Left winger. Nani should ve won it, but he is rightly not nominated for his diving/cheating attitude. Sadly he has earned such reputation. Even in FA semis, he was tackled hard, but this time ref didnt give him simply becoz of his previous fake attempts. Bale doesnt dive but he does fall in a dramatic manner. Moreover Bale does not need a assist to stamp his authority. The fact that two men are always required to keep him quiet works well for Spurs becoz it frees up other attacking players. In WHL Real Madrid home game, Mourinho had to use 3 men running around Bale all the time. Inspite of that he was able to wriggle of them in 2 or 3 attemps and got the cross in.
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18/04/2011 07:39:00

just going to clear a couple of points up. When a defending player trips an attacking player in the box without making contact with the ball, a penalty kick should be awarded. So against Real Madrid, Modric and Pavlyuchenko should both have been awarded pens. Bale, unfortunately dived. And the Sandro one I haven't seen a replay of, so I'll trust others if they say he dived. Secondly, those saying Bale should not have won the PFA award because of his assists are imbeciles. Why should Bale be discredited because his excellent work is not finished by an incompetent strikeforce? He carves out chance after chance. If you feel he doesn't deserve it because another player has been better all round in your opinion, then fine, but don't try and back it up with silly statistics. Stats can be used to prove or disprove anything. Hope this helps.
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18/04/2011 08:19:00

HY - The year Ronaldinho won the World Player Award he scored 17 goals with 11 assissts or something like that, Henry scored well over 30 goals with 23 assists. There was absolutely no contest. I only watched about 15 minutes of the Spurs v Real Madrid game, but if you think Bale's effort at getting a penalty was "every bit as much a penalty" as ours today, then you're clearly mental. Spearing tripped Cesc, however lightly, were as nobody even touched Bale, that was a dive .... but because Spurs were apparently battling valiantly nobody is willing to condem him. Remeber the uproar when Eduardo took a dive? It's scandalous the disparity between the two situations. Just because Spurs were getting whooped at the time it somehow makes it ok.

I think this article comments section is getting a bit off topic though, I'm not sure why we're all discussing the award of the PPY to Bale when we could be talking about our own Jack Wilshere, who's a much more interesting player in my opinion :)
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18/04/2011 09:15:00

Kudos to young Jack for making the PFA team of the year as well - along with Nasri and Sagna.
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18/04/2011 10:12:00

My fault, I do apologise for that Rocky.
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18/04/2011 10:17:00

That's no bother TFN7 - It's easy to do, I do it all the time. Just a bit too much talk of Bale with no mention of Wilshere .... on an Arsenal site no less. lol. Ontopic: I've not been excited by a player like this in years, he's keeps things simple but get's the ball rolling, not to mention the boy has limitless energy. Not bad in the tackle either!
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18/04/2011 10:38:00

Wilshere was a no brainer. Has there been a better full debut season in the prem? I'm struggling to think of one
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18/04/2011 23:46:00


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