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Jack Coming Back

When a player returns to a club they once played for, but in the colours of another team, the reception they receive is all down to how hard they worked for the club.They could’ve failed in terms of showing us all what they’re capable of, but if they left everything out on the field and worked their socks off, they will garner a warm reaction from us all.Recent returns to the Arsenal fold in Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott showed that, despite these players never quite laying down the marker we thought they could, they both did everything they could when playing for us, and more importantly, they loved the club.Now, Jack Wilshere is due to return to his boyhood club this weekend, but in the West Ham camp.The injury-plagued midfielder was once our greatest hope, the precocious youngster who could run a midfield and make players look silly with the dip of a shoulder and a burst of energy.Bad luck put paid to those dreams, for both player and us fans, and his latter years at the club were spent chasing lost potential. Wilshere never quite got back that sprinkling of magic. He did love the club though, and now he will be part of the West Ham team that is also without a point in their first two games.Players who return to their old clubs regularly come back to haunt them, it is all in a well worn script that is used every season, but will Jack get a decent reception from us fans? More than likely, although, Jack was offered a chance to stay - and he refused.Of course his reason for his departure was valid. Wilshere couldn’t be promised a first team spot by new coach Unai Emery and he needs to play, but Wilshere also had the chance to stay and fight for his place, show the new guy what he was capable of and EARN his spot back. It may have taken time but his love for the club could have swayed him to stay.Instead, the lifelong Gooner is now playing for West Ham, and we will see Jack at The Emirates, but in claret and blue, rather than red and white.It will be surreal, but we at least know what is coming for us as we valiantly search for our first points on the board. The script may be well read, but Arsenal need to keep Jack quiet during the game, as we all know he can change things rapidly.The stadium will sing his name on his return, but we don’t want a smile on Jack’s face to be for the result, only for the warm goodbyes and shows of gratitude.