Do Arsenal already have a new defensive midfielder?

Arsenal fans are very used to seeing Arsene Wenger put his players into unfamiliar roles on the pitch, so it seems strange that England are now doing the same thing with Jack Wilshere and are trying to turn him into a defensive midfielder this week.

One can only wonder if Arsene Wenger has discussed this career change with Roy Hodgson as we are all aware that the Gunners are in desperate need of a new player in that position, especially as both Matthieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta are both getting a bit long in the tooth.

But Jack seems very keen to grow into the role as he prepares to do take that role again against Estonia this evening. He said to the FA website: “I’ve been watching Xabi Alonso recently, his passing is ridiculous,”

“Playing in that role it’s important that you understand that if you lose the ball the opposition get it in a dangerous position. So watching players like that you learn how intelligent they are, how they use the ball, when to dribble, when to pass.

“But I enjoy playing that role, I enjoy starting attacks and getting on the ball.”

“I learned a lot form Cesc [Fabregas], he was someone who had been in my position playing regularly from 16, which was even younger than me.

“San Marino was my second game in that role, and I’m still learning and improving. There is a lot more to come in that position but the more I watch players like that, the quicker I’ll learn.”

I am sure Wenger will be watching these games with interest, but is it possible that he himself has asked the England manager to give him some game-time against small teams as a defensive midfielder, purely so that Wilshere can grow into that position when he comes back to the Arsenal team>?

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  1. Wazzzimbo says:

    We’ve already established he is simply not defensively disciplined enough to carry out that role. He is fighting for his position against Ramsey in CM, and Ozil & Cazorla at CAM.

    1. ijmos says:

      He’s young enough to change. Has much to learn tho

  2. Hafiz Rahman says:

    we need a proper DM…

    someone big strong and fast

    1. jensenvk says:

      Yeah man, I totally agree! Jack Wilshere a DM??? How ridiculous does that sound..
      Why is everyone so insistent of fitting a square peg in a round hole??

    2. ijmos says:

      I disagree. Not saying that wouldn’t be nice. But above all we need someone effective and that has a PRESENCE. mâcherano-esk!

  3. dan says:

    The articles on this site are getting worse jack as a dm please don’t make me laugh does not have the physical presence and no how to play that role plus will be just wasting his talent next article!!

    1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

      Considering how easily he falls he is probably the worst candidate for that role (unless he wants to emulate Gerrard)

  4. The Handsome_Gooner says:

    he is more like cesc and kroos

    1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

      Except for the being talented part

      1. Sacrificial_Pizza says:

        I honestly hope the kid breaks out so I can shove it in the face of piece of shit fans like you. Not talented, shut up, he clearly is, just needs to find his niche and confidence. I am honestly embarrassed to share support of the same team with people like you. Support your players instead of bashing them when they need you the most.

        1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

          Wilshere not as talented Kroos or Fabregas = fact

          Let’s not get carried away. Those two are the elite of midfielder whereas Jack isn’t even the best at Arsenal.

          1. jibber says:

            perhaps fabregas more talented than Wilshere, but kroos? I thin kthey’re about the same, only that Kroos has a more physical build to deal with everything.

            Kroos was a no body before his return from loan at the age of 22 and he’s now 24. So I’m sure wilshere, now 22 has more room for improvement than a lot of you think.

  5. Greg says:

    Jack is clearly not suited for this role, let good sense prevail wenger, and get us a good solid DM in january like kondogbia! Coyg!

  6. Jogon says:

    Definitely Arsenal has a defensive midfielder (wannabes). Jack should get one role that he knows is best for him, try to identify his weaknesses and work on them instead of jumping from one role to the next. This guy has not known where he wants to play. Mr Wenger get us a defensive midfielder and stop fooling your self.

  7. Simba says:

    Jack could be a DM at the closing end of his career..but for now we desperately need a big strong DM not a “wannabe”

  8. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    All I’m saying is that Wilshere wants to be a 10 then Ozil goes on the wing, when Wilshere gets injured he comes back to the middle and has an amazing game and then when Wilshere gets fit Ozil is out for 2014. Then Wilshere thinks he might be a DM and all of a sudden Arteta is injured


  9. Twig says:

    Yep. Push him to DM and save money on buying one.

  10. REiGN says:

    Whether he can be a dmf. Whether arteta, flamini, diaby, coquelin etc are all fit and in fine form, we still need a top quality dmf in January.

  11. DC Gunner says:

    It may not be a bad idea against bottom teams where two box to box mfs would work. Santi would be better in this role under those conditions because he’s a better passer — I want to see Alexis, Theo and Danny sprung on the counter like Cesc did for Costa last weekend. However he should occupy #10 while Ozil is out.

  12. Miles says:

    While we are on the subject on changing players positions, why don’t we put welbeck at right back and Giroud left back? Or maybe flamini up front? Buy players that specialise in there position! Right now, as bad as it sounds, I’d of taken Gareth Barry for that DM position, at least he does his job

  13. ger burke says:

    somebody just wrote that our players need the fans !!!!. these multi millionare spoilt brats need their fans , yeah right ! , hahahahahahahahahahaha.

  14. jibber says:

    i think what we need is still a physical DM, but along side either ramsey or wilshere.

    wilshere is NOT a no.10 as much as he likes to do a lot of dribbling. he likes to build from deeper, and it’s better to play Cazorla in the middle still. What wilshere can be and have always been, is the Fabregas type of player, a Deep lying playmaker. that being said, Fabregas at least had Song, peak Flamini and Hleb around to make it work. ANd no doubt Fabregas is more talented.

    much different story here.

  15. sheun99 says:

    Wilshere can never play that role…don’t u see his pattern of play…hold the ball and move in the middle of players…were gonna loose many games from counter attack if he is converted…how many world class dm play that way…forget those bullshit,we need to buy a proper dm plzz

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