Should Wilshere be Playing a Deeper Midfield Role for Arsenal As Well? by AT
Undoubtedly, the biggest relief Arsenal can take from the latest international break is the fact that there are no new injury concerns to address. In addition to that relief, there was also the sheer joy of watching the Gunners’ English contingent shine so bright for Roy Hodgson’s side against Scotland. Kieran Gibbs, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Danny Welbeck all put in good performances, but the pick of the lot was Jack Wilshere, playing in a much deeper role.
Quite honestly, Jack was excellent for England whilst playing the role of a deep-lying midfielder. The Arsenal star picked up yet another man-of-the-match accolade, putting in a performance that was notable for high work-rate, midfield dominance, great tackles and an exquisite ball to Oxlade-Chamberlain for the opening goal. Interestingly enough, this is not Jack’s first such performance for England, which begs the question, is he better off playing in that deeper role for Arsenal as well?
Personally, I am of the opinion that the role of a deep-lying midfield orchestrator is his best position and I believe he should be played there for Arsenal as well. While there can be arguments made in regards to the quality of opponents that England have faced in recent times, there is no denying that Wilshere certainly looks more at home playing in that little bit deeper in midfield and seems to know his role better when compared to situations when he has to play further forward or on the flank for Arsenal.
Tactically speaking, Jack will need an out-and-out defensive midfielder to partner him in the middle of the park in order to enhance his attacking prowess. So with that being said, I would really hope to see him being played in that role for Arsenal as well, I firmly believe that that is his best position and I can see him holding that role for many, many years to come.
I just doubt very much that Wenger will agree….