Jack Wilshere was considered to have taken Tony Adams old title of Mr Arsenal after his ongoing comments about Tottenham and his never-ending loyalty to the Gunners, who he joined when he was just six years old.
But now he has not only just gone on loan to Bournemouth this season, but Jack has also admitted that he may not return to the Emirates, and just to put the icing on the cake, he now is telling other English players that they should use his loan, and Joe Hart’s, as an “inspiration” for others to go out and leave top clubs to get regular playing time, and help get them a place in the England team.
Jack said as he is getting ready to face Scotland on Friday: “Going out on loan has been no barrier to Joe and I getting in the England squad and that’s credit to the manager and the way England is,’ Wilshere said.
“It shows no matter where you are, they give you a chance if you’re playing well. That should be an inspiration for England players.
“People were always going to look negatively at the loans I and Joe did because that’s the way it was. I wasn’t going to play at Arsenal, he wasn’t going to play for City.
“But it says a lot about our characters. I could have sat at Arsenal on the bench coming on now and then but I wouldn’t have been involved in the England squad. I could have had a few days off during the international break.
“But we both felt differently to that. We wanted to go elsewhere and show we still had something to offer at the highest level and in this England team.”
Well that sounds again like he has little intention of returning to Arsenal unless he is playing every week, which is unlikely to happen. But is he right to prioritise an England place above being a member of a top class club like Arsenal? I doubt very much he will win any trophies with Bournemouth or England.
Jack Wilshere said: “A lot of my decision to go on loan to Bournemouth was driven by England, but it was not just that,”
“It was for myself. For my head. I wanted to get back playing week-in week-out, being involved in the Premier League.
“I have missed a lot of football. I missed the fight of the Premier League, being involved in all the big games and making a difference for a team and I wanted to feel that again and almost fall back in love with the game again.
“When you are injured and injured for a while it is hard. You have to go to the training ground and watch everyone go out and play, go to the Emirates and watch them play.
“It was difficult at times. I needed it the change for myself.”
He will get to play more regularly with Bournemouth and England. But it’s not the same as playing for Arsenal. Which would you choose?