At the beginning of the season, there were very few Arsenal fans that would have thought that Jack Wilshere would refuse to sign a new contract with the Gunners, as he has always insisted that he didn’t want to play for anyone else.
But last week Jack said ‘things had changed’ and he was no nearer to an agreement with Arsenal. One of the things that definitely changed is that from January, Wilshere was free to talk to clubs from other league and there were rumours of interest from Juventus and AC Milan.
It would appear that the Milan interest is very real judging by Gennaro Gattuso’s words this week ahead of tonight’s match at the Emirates. He said: “I remember when I came here to this stadium in 2012 and he was just a kid,” he said.
“I think he can play in any league. He may not be super-fast, but he has got great skills and is super-tactical. He has good ball circulation – when he gets the ball he knows exactly where to send it.
“He knows exactly the right pace and can change the pace of the game. He can play central midfield or a little bit further up.”
“He had a few physical problems but he has got a great talent,” he added.
“He can still express a lot and give a lot. I don’t know how it is going to end up with his contract but I have always admired his qualities.
“He is a very different sort of player – he has got the personality of English football but with the qualities of a Spanish player. Two different cultures and I like him a lot.”
Gattuso is obviously a big fan, and the fact that are legally allowed to talk to Wilshere now, do you think he has taken this opportunity to try and persuade Jack to move to Italy?