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Wenger opens up on talks with ‘world class’ Wilshere before move
Arsene Wenger has opened up on the talks he had with Jack Wilshere that led the midfielder to joining Bournemouth on a season-long loan deal.
The boss revealed that Wilshere came to him and aired his concerns over regular playing time after being named on the bench for our first three Premier League games so far this season.
The arrival of Mohamed Elneny back in January and Granit Xhaka in the summer has strengthened our midfield options considerably and while Wilshere was by no means out of Wenger’s thoughts, he wasn’t a guaranteed starter so felt he needed to leave in order to get some games under his belt.
Based on Wenger’s comments, it sounds like it was a mutual decision for Jack to go out on loan as after enduring a frustrating few years with injury, he’s at a point in his career where he needs to play every week to get back to his best.
Some have suggested that Wilshere may be sold on a permanent basis next summer when he’ll have just one year remaining on his contract, however, Wenger insists he wants the ‘world class’ midfielder to remain with Arsenal for the rest of his career.
The boss is quoted as saying at his press conference this morning by Sky Sports News:
“We had a chat together and he himself was concerned that he would not get enough competition early enough. He feels ready to play, and I couldn’t guarantee that.
“We thought it was a decision that looked logical to give him time to come back to a competitive level. At some stage you need competition.
“The challenge for Jack is to play the games. He wanted games and I can understand his desire. I felt it was logical – let’s not forget last year he didn’t play. You cannot be out for two seasons and then want to be at the top level. It’s important he gets the number of games this season.”
“I hope personally that [Wilshere] stays his whole career here. Jack is a world-class player. He doesn’t have to show me he has the quality to play at Bournemouth, he just needs to be back at a competitive level.”
I’m still in two minds over this loan move. On the one hand, Jack needs to play regularly so a loan move will do him a lot of good as long as he steers clear of injury during his time at Bournemouth.
However, if Wenger really thinks he’s ‘world class’ then why on earth would he let him leave on loan? Sure, there is competition in the middle of the park, but football is a squad game these days and Jack would still have seen plenty of action had he stayed at the Emirates.
Either way, this is clearly a defining season for the 24-year-old. I personally hope we see Wilshere get back to his best on the south coast and then return to Arsenal to sign a new deal new summer.