Jack Wilshere is better than fellow Arsenal midfielders Granit Xhaka, Francis Coquelin and Mohamed Elneny, according to Charlie Nicholas.
Wilshere spent last campaign on loan at fellow Premier League side Bournemouth, leading to questions over his future at the Emirates Stadium.
However, despite the potential to leave in the summer transfer window, Wilshere remains with the Gunners and played in their EFL Cup match against Doncaster on Wednesday.
He impressed that night and Nicholas expects Wilshere to force his way back into contention under Arsene Wenger this season.
“None of us, in all honesty, think he can get back to where he was four or five years ago because the injuries have been so severe, but if he can get close to that then he’s still worth keeping,” he told Sky Sports.
“Is he a better footballer than Granit Xhaka? Yes. He’s certainly better than Mohamed Elneny and Francis Coquelin, and things are starting to fall in place for him where he’s going to get opportunities.
“Even Tottenham fans would have to acknowledge he’s shown remarkable determination to bounce back again and he’s got too much talent for Arsenal to give up on him.
“He went to Bournemouth to get playing time and maybe it didn’t go quite as well as he would have liked but he showed the willingness to keep trying.
“Put it this way, I’d much rather Wilshere was on the bench than Elneny or Coquelin.”