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Arsenal star open to move as Juventus eye late surprise swoop
Jack Wilshere looks set for a shock loan move away from Arsenal during the coming hours and the Evening Standard claim he could even be about to join Juventus.
The 24-year-old has played just 37 minutes during our opening three games this season and it led to Sam Allardyce leaving him out of his first England squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifier against Slovakia this weekend.
It seems that was the catalyst for Wilshere as fans woke on Tuesday morning to the news that Arsene Wenger has agreed to let him leave on loan after the midfielder expressed his concern about a lack of playing time this season during crunch talks.
Jack has fallen down the pecking order following the arrival of Granit Xhaka and with the likes of Cazorla, Ramsey, Elneny and Coquelin also vying for two central midfield spots, it’s easy to understand why he has concerns about regular playing time.
Understandably, there has already been plenty of interest from home and abroad in taking Wilshere on loan and the Evening Standard seem to suggest that a surprise move to Juventus could be on the cards as they’ve been interested in Jack for two years.
The newspaper says that Wilshere is yet to make a decision on his next club but is open to the idea of playing abroad as he looks to revive his career away from the Emirates so a switch to Serie A is possible.
Wilshere is an Arsenal boy through and through and has been with the club since he was about 8-years-old. He’s progressed through our youth system and has been earmarked by many as a future captain.
Obviously’ injuries have hampered his career so far and I do understand that he needs to be playing regular first team football so in that sense a loan may do him good.
However, I don’t see the sense for Arsenal in losing a quality player like Wilshere. We all know we’ll have injury problems during the season so we need depth. There is no point signing Xhaka and then losing Wilshere as we’re back to square one.
Let’s not forget we’ve also lost Arteta, Rosicky and Flamini. They all played a part in the first team last season, particularly Flamini, so we could be in trouble if we get another spate of injuries in the middle of the park.
As well as playing centre-mid, Jack can also play in the No.10 role so is cover for Mesut Ozil while he’s also been used out on the wing at times, so he’s able to fill a number of positions, making him a valuable squad player.
For me, if Wenger agrees to loan Wilshere and doesn’t replace him, then we’re looking out for the players interest more than the clubs. If Jack needs game time, he should knuckle down in training and win his place back at Arsenal.
A loan move may be an easier option for him right now, but ultimately it’s not in the best interest of Arsenal Football Club for this coming season and after sticking by him through all his injury problems, I actually think it would be pretty selfish of Wilshere to leave us right now.