It could have been so perfect for Jack Wilshere – the script was written.
The Arsenal man started against Tottenham for Bournemouth, where he’s on loan, with the chance to put a serious dent in any title hopes Spurs might still have.
But, instead, the 25-year-old had a role to play in two of Tottenham’s four goals, and left the pitch injured with 60 minutes not yet on the clock.
— Ricky Sacks 🎙 (@RickSpur) April 15, 2017
It was a dominant display from Spurs, who looked like they could score on every attack – but the fans seem to especially enjoy witnessing Wilshere not at his best.
His name rang around White Hart Lane from the off, and that only increased when Wilshere losing possession led to Tottenham’s second goal.
Wilshere lost possession for the second goal 💉💉💉
— LAUGHING! (@DemPele) April 15, 2017
Spurs fans watching Jack Wilshere give away the ball for that second goal like… pic.twitter.com/y7KdxwSm2F
— Dream Team (@dreamteamfc) April 15, 2017
Listening to the Wilshere abuse like pic.twitter.com/dnUYhH3EBx
— Skipjack (@Skipjack0079) April 15, 2017
It’s not the first altercation between Wilshere and Spurs fans – the Gunner received an FA charge for leading a foul-mouthed anti-Spurs chant during Arsenal’s 2015 FA Cup winner parade, and no doubt expected to be centre of attention at White Hart Lane.
It wasn’t just from the terraces though, even Tottenham’s Twitter account got involved.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) April 15, 2017
To the annoyance of many Arsenal fans.
Jack Wilshere – 2 FA Cups
Eric Dier – won a 50/50 vs. Wilshere
— Kian (@afckian) April 15, 2017
And, when Wilshere had to limp off injured after a Harry Kane challenge connected with his ankle, Spurs fans reacted with cheers and chants of “it’s happened again”.
It’s fair to say not everyone agreed that was the correct response.
The hypocrisy of Spurs fans that were outraged by Wilshere's lack of class towards them have cheered him going off with an injury. Classy.
— Joe (@RedAndWhite11) April 15, 2017
Boo Wilshere on or off the pitch, fine. But celebrating an injury…
— Jonathan Oakley (@YelkaoNahtanoj) April 15, 2017
Spurs so classy on the pitch. Wouldn't say the same about the chants directed at Wilshere as he is injured and has to leave the field.
— Philippe Auclair (@PhilippeAuclair) April 15, 2017
Huge fan of what Spurs are doing – fantastic – but those fans who cheered Wilshere going off injured are an embarrassment to a great club…
— Jake Humphrey (@mrjakehumphrey) April 15, 2017
But no doubt Wilshere will be relishing the next chance he has to play against Spurs.