Is Wenger regretting letting Wilshere go to Bournemouth?

As February roles around, we are once again expecting the second stint of the season in which we always find tough in our campaign. The Gunners always have dry patches in November and February, often proven tough by plenty of fixtures and a growing injury crisis.

The injury crisis for this February comes in midfield, with Arsene Wenger finding his choices very limited. Normally the Gunners have a midfield packed full of competition and talent, but injuries, suspensions and players away on international duty have meant the Gunners are now low on midfield options. Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin, Aaron Ramsey all find themselves currently on the treatment table, whilst Mohammed Elneny has reportedly picked up an injury whilst on AFCON duty with Egypt. Granit Xhaka is also currently suspended and Jack Wilshere is out on a season long loan with Bournemouth.

It makes our very competitive midfield, now seem low on options and Arsene Wenger has a tough challenge in naming a strong midfield for the intense affair against Chelsea this Saturday. One player that Wenger admits he could really do with, is Jack Wilshere; however the player is of course unavailable to Le Prof whilst he remains out on loan.

Wenger said ahead of the Chelsea match: “We have agreed for Wilshere to go for one year on loan, we will accept that, I would like to reiterate that we didn’t push him out. He wanted to go somewhere and play and I agreed with that.He wanted to go because he saw the level of the competitive players we had in midfield and let’s not forget we have as well Xhaka suspended, so there’s a huge level of competition.”

“I accepted to let him go and we have to deal with the consequences of that.”

As much as Wilshere’s transfer came as a shock to many Arsenal fans, I think at the time it was the right decision. Wilshere was unlikely to be starting many of the matches and there was just no guarantees that he’d be able to stay fit for the entire season. Bournemouth gave the player the opportunity to build in his fitness, get regular playing time and show Arsenal and Arsene Wenger that he still has what it takes to be a valuable member of the club.

I think Wilshere’s doing well during his time on the south coast, because although he may not be racking in the statistical figures of goals and assists, he’s proving vital to Bournemouth in their Premier League campaign. It is good to see the Englishman going on a long spell without injury and I think that’s the biggest beneficiary of Wilshere’s loan. Hopefully he continues to build on his fitness, get over his injury concerns and with any luck, he’ll return to Arsenal next season as a player who is ready to stake his claim in Arsenal’s midfield.



  1. Incarnate says:

    No regrets. It has served to show that Jack’s not necessarily injury prone as most would like to suggest. It has shown that quality players only serve to anchor a team’s aspirations, desire and believe in what they can achieve, Bournemouth’s primary aspiration is to avoid relegation and perhaps even finish in mid table, a dream we cannot deny is somewhat anchored on the quality of Jack, so far so good for them, right? Now back to our beloved Arsenal, with the exception of Sanchez, can we really say we have deep seated aspirations, desire and believe for major honors? Because if we don’t, then C. Ronaldo or Messi cannot help us.

    1. pmc says:

      Letting Jack go out on loan was not a mistake, the big mistake was not being smart enough to have the option of recalling Jack if required, like Chelsea put in their loan agreements

  2. vinie2000 says:

    as a player who is ready to stake his claim in Arsenal’s midfield. Are you kidding me? what Jack has contributed to Arsenal since given the opportunity in the first team? what make you believe if he was still here we would have sorted the issues we are currently experienced? NO and you know why? because we have become a sentimental utter middle table team approach. Look at the way many of you are trashing Xhaka ( in his first season 0 , Gabriel ( his second ) but players like Jack, theo, Ox, Gibbs and Ramsey after so many years have not been able to prove they have what it takes to succeed and make Arsenal a better team. This is why we need a new direction, New coach. none of them would have last long under achieving If Conte , klopp or Mourinho were in charge of Arsenal. Look Mou, he got rid of Depay after seeing no potential in his 3 years and other players to name so. This is why we have been 13 years without trophy. Change is needed and players who do not prove themselves must be SHIPPED .

  3. Not at all
    Ramsey willshere not good for arsenal

  4. Onochie says:

    Jack would have picked up injury if he wasn’t loaned out. Its in his own interest that went to Bournemouth and he’s doing really well…………being fit past the mid way into the season.

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