It seems a long time ago that Jack Wilshere was being talked about in the same breath as the likes of Xavi and Andres Iniesta.
The midfielder came up through the youth ranks with Arsenal and was widely tipped to be the kind of player who could reach the very top of the game.
The hype that surrounded him went into overdrive after a 2011 Champions League tie with Barcelona in which, at the age of 19, he turned in a performance that made the world stand up and take notice.
Wilshere bossed the centre of the park with his incisive passing and dribbling from deep, running rings around his illustrious opponents.
It was expected that he would go on to become a mainstay of the Gunners’ midfield for years to come but now, at 25, he finds himself once again fighting for a place in the side.
Injuries have robbed him of much of his crucial development and a loan move to Bournemouth last term, designed to revitalise the England star, served only to highlight how far he has fallen.
Speaking before his side took on the Gunners on Wednesday night, West Ham United boss David Moyes confirmed that he is interested in bringing Wilshere to the London Stadium, as reported by Sky Sports.
So would that move be worthwhile and where would the playmaker fit in?
Is he fit?
Judging by his performance against the Hammers, yes.
Wilshere was full of energy and always available to collect the ball, even if he is still short of full sharpness at Premier League level.
The Englishman has been limited largely to appearances in the Europa League this term but got his chance thanks to an injury to Aaron Ramsey.
After taking a couple of kicks early on, he started flying into tackles himself and his display was one of the positives to come out of the game for the visitors.
Whilst there is always a question mark around Wilshere’s injury proneness, he seems to be in a better condition than many have seen him for a good few seasons.
Where would he play?
The obvious man to drop out of the West Ham line-up if Wilshere arrived would be captain Mark Noble.
There is no questioning the 30-year-old’s commitment to the cause but his quality on the ball has increasingly let him down over the past 18 months.
Wednesday night saw him turn in a typically busy performance and he nearly created a goal with an excellent through ball which Javier Hernandez steered onto the crossbar.
However, those moments are few and far between and Wishere’s ability to carry the play forward from deep is something that Noble just cannot compete with.
The club captain has neither the pace nor the fleet-footedness to get away from a marker and the couple of times he attempted to do so against Arsenal saw him lose either his footing or the ball.
Having Wilshere in the middle would add technical skill to an area of the pitch which already has muscular presence in the form of Pedro Obiang and Cheikhou Kouyate.
He could well be the man to bring creativity to Moyes’ new-look Irons side.
Is he worth signing?
Overall there is no question that Wilshere still possesses enormous quality but possibly needs a change of scenery at this stage of his career.
At West Ham he would be almost guaranteed a starting place, giving him the platform to stake a proper claim for inclusion in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the 2018 World Cup.
It is unclear as to whether Moyes would look at a loan deal or bringing him in permanently, although he discussed both options before the Arsenal clash.
The former would minimise the risks associated with Wilshere’s fitness, but if he did well and then went on the market in the summer then the Hammers could face increased competition for his services.
He is out of contract at Arsenal in June so maybe offering a reduced sum of money and an 18-month contract in January would be a practical course of action.
Wilshere still has much to offer the game and West Ham need creativity in the heart of the team; it could just be a match that works.