Arsenal loaning Wilshere seems all so wrong!
As you may be aware, news broke last night that Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere has reportedly been made available for loan by Arsene Wenger, after it was understood he may not get as many games as he’d like at Arsenal this season. But sending Wilshere out on loan seems all so wrong in my eyes, as I just cannot imagine the passionate Gunner in any other shirt.
Wilshere of course spent time away from the club previously when he signed on loan for Bolton as a youngster. Six years on from that loan spell and Wilshere has only made 80 Premier League starts for Arsenal and so with the addition of Xhaka as well as competition for places in midfield, it seems that Wenger feels it is best he gets first team football elsewhere. I know that he spent a lot of those six seasons injured, missing almost two whole campaigns as well as many months of most others. However Wilshere is also not a first team favourite at Arsenal, despite his previous promising envisions as a youngster, largely due to the high amount of competition in midfield.
Arsenal currently have Xhaka, Cazorla, Ramsey, Wilshere, Coquelin and Elneny as regular first team central midfielders, meaning that’s six players competing for just two positions on the pitch. So far he has made two substitute appearances for the Gunners this season, however a lack of action has seen him omitted from the England national team’s latest squad and so in a bid to prove his fitness and quality to both club and country, Wilshere may deem a loan necessary for his career.
Wilshere’s injures have hampered his career and so perhaps Arsenal wouldn’t miss sending him out on loan too much, given that it would just be like he was unavailable through injury. However there’s no guarantees of course that he’d be able to stay fit and so perhaps Wilshere would be returning to Arsenal sooner than you think.
The Englishman has less than 48 hours to find a move, but according to the media he has plenty of suitors lining up for his signature. Personally if he is to move away on loan, I think it should be a six month deal, with the option of a January extension, or at least Arsenal can put a return clause in the loan contract, should the Gunners be short of options in midfield.