They say in life that the only things that are guaranteed are death and taxes.
Perhaps that list need lengthening a bit to include Jack Wilshere picking up infuriating injuries.
The midfielder has been plagued by complaints his whole career, and it’s difficult to remember the last time he managed anything near to a decent and sustained run for Arsenal or West Ham.
This season has started brighter than those of recent times, and Wilshere has started both of his side’s first two Premier League matches.
His form hasn’t been fantastic, and the fact that he has managed just one tackle throughout his 102 minutes on the pitch, as per Whoscored, has meant that, at times, he has seemed like a substandard replacement for Mark Noble.
But nonetheless, he has been playing, and in some respects, that is promising enough to paper over certain cracks.
All good things have to come to and end, however, and there was an air of inevitability when Wilshere failed to make the Hammers’ match day squad for their trip to Watford on Saturday.
As reported by Football.London, it was not immediately clear as to why Wilshere didn’t travel, but there are essentially two options.
Either Manuel Pellegrini dropped him completely due to his poor form, or, far more likely, he was omitted due to an injury.
Neither one is particularly great, but if it is the latter, then the concern will be that the 27-year-old is starting his same old vicious cycle of hurt and disappointment again.
For his sake, you hope that that isn’t the case, but given his previous, it’s hard not to worry.