Jack Wilshere has had a tough career.
Clearly a player brimming with talent, he has been plagued by injury.
To make matters worse, his contract is up end at the end of the season, making his future look highly uncertain at Arsenal.
His time in professional football is perhaps epitomised in his performance in his side's 2-2 draw with CSKA Moscow in the Europa League quarter-final second leg last night.
The Gunners prevailed over the battling Russian side, winning 6-3 on aggregate, but it was hardly at a canter.
Wilshere was subbed off with twenty minutes to go because of a picking up a knock - but Manchester United legend Roy Keane wasn't feeling particularly sympathetic.
Keane, who was on pundit duty, had some tough words for the England midfielder after the North London side's lackluster display.
"First of all, we keep hearing he [Wilshere] is not fit and you need to be fit if you are going to be a footballer," Keane explained on ITV Sport.
Score with Jack Wilshere on the pitch: 2-0 to CSKA
Score without Jack Wilshere on the pitch: 2-0 to Arsenal
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"For an attacking player, he doesn't get enough goals, he doesn't get enough assists."
This is a stark contrast, however, to what Wilshere's teammate, Chuba Akpom of the Arsenal youth side, said recently.
Akpom made an the outrageous claim that Wilshere is the best English footballer of all time.
Maybe he's seen something in training that Keane hasn't, because of the former Republic of Ireland player continued his tirade against the 26-year-old, saying that his career is going down the toilet and that he would be wise to quickly sign a longer contract with Arsene Wenger's side.
"The guy's career is drifting. As bad as Arsenal were, he was really bad," said Keane.
"Has he been offered a contract? If I was him I'd sign it quickly because if he thinks he is going to be getting big offers in the summer I'd be surprised."
Words: Jacque Talbot
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