Jack Wilshere is still feeling bitter after missing out on World Cup

The lifelong Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere may be out of contract at the club very soon with no club at all to go to next season, but I am sure he was hoping that a good display at the World Cup could have put him in the shop window and maybe earned him some good offers from top clubs, but Gareth Southgate had other ideas and didn’t even include him in the reserve list.

There is every possibility that Jack could have looked good in the easy Group games against Panama and Tunisia, but the match against Belgium to decide the Group winners could be a lot trickier, and if we get beaten then The Three Lions will probably face Colombia and get on the plane early as usual. If you check out the World Cup betting tips then England are are expected to reach the last 8 (at 4/5), but personally I would back them to go out in the last 16 at 11/5, unless we get extremely lucky.

But Jack will not be getting to showcase his talents at all, and he is still obviously upset at Gareth Southgate’s decision, and has voiced his discontent once again in a personal tweet yesterday that made his feeling very clear. He tweeted….

I know that a lot of Arsenal fans believe that he should have been picked even if it was just for a wild card hope that he could inject some passion into the England team in crucial games, but I’m not really sure that he played well enough in the last couple of months to earn anything at all!

Is he right to feel aggrieved towards Southgate?



  1. Sergio says:

    He needs to let it go, public comments like that are not going to do him any favours, now or in the long run.

    His injury record works against him, as does the fact he constantly loses the ball running in to players.

    1. Kenny Rolfe says:

      Make you right Sergio, public comments are not going to do him any favours. He’s got to knuckle day get extremely fit during the close season and play next season for Arsenal like he’s never played before. Then when England get a new manager and they will, I can’t see Southgate lasting to long, Jack’s got to impress him and hope he gives him a chance. While I’m here I don’t mean to drive you mad but I feel it’s important to keep you all informed about the Dennis Bergkamp shirt. Pat has written the most amazing letter to Gt Ormond St hospital, so good that I feel it’s impossible for them to turn us down. He talks about the JustArsenal site, one of the top websites in the country, he shows them awards he makes it perfectly clear were no Mickey Mouse website, he promises them publicity and even donations. Brilliantly put together, professional, classy. Anyway we’ve put our cards on the table and hopefully there’ll let us visit. I’ll keep you all informed.

      1. Kenny Rolfe says:

        Sorry it was an email that Pat sent not a letter, It’s 2 o’clock in morning, forgive me.

  2. Geoff says:

    Delph,Dier,Henderson,say no more.

    1. gotanidea says:

      All of them are good DM and some of them can play really well as defenders

      Wilshere, Ramsey and Ozil are not versatile enough to play well in other position. Arsenal need to find a versatile DM that can switch his role into a CB, like Fernandinho

      1. Mobella says:

        Are you for real?. you really gotnoidea. Ozil had played false 9, played on left and right wing for his country. I have never watched Ramsey played for his country but he had played everywhere for arsenal bar at goal and in striking position. And Jack had played deed in midfield and attack for England.

      2. kev says:

        The Benfica DM or Lucas Torreira would really help us.

        1. Break-on-through says:

          Your man Torreira his stats look very promising. He has high 80s passing accuracy and makes 2.8 tackles per game. Uruguayan’s are gritty, only downside looking at him on paper is his height. 5.5 in height. Don’t know the player myself and am not sure many knew of him before the links.

          1. Eric Ogbe says:

            Claude makelele and Ngolo kante gat same height. 1.68m! Now what do you have to say again? ?

          2. Break-on-through says:

            I did originally have a longer comment mentioning Verrati Messi and Xavi but I decided to erase most of it. We would be lying if we didn’t all feel our team needs more height more fight and more strength. Makelle played in the most physically dominating team other than Arsenal, they were powerful. French national sides too usually have athletes and battling midfielders a plenty. Kante for Leicester had an entire team scrapping doggedly, and this Chelsea side is prob one of the worst we’ve seen in a while. Arsenal, our fans have often pointed to P Vieira and Gilberto then looking at Flamini and Wilshere before pointing some things out. But I do agree, some small players become some of the best. But a small team usually fairs badly in this league, especially in the big games, unless they have star players all over the shop. Even our CB’s are some of the shortest, only recently we’ve tried signing something a bit different. That’s all I was thinking, it (height) can be a minus, but not necessarily.

          3. jon fox says:

            This lack of interest by Wenger in bringing, height power and strength is one of the main reasons we regressed so far. In his glory years WENGER HAD STRONG WARRIORS. IN THE LEAN YEARS HE HAD SKINNY, INJURY PRONE DWARFS. YOUR POINT HAS BEEN AMPLY PROVEN CORRECT THEREFORE.

          4. Ozziegunner says:

            ??should be obvious to all and raised often enough by pundits that Arsenal continuously gets bullied in midfield and pushed off the ball.
            The team urgently needs an increase in physicality (height and power) to compete effectively.

    2. Incarnate says:

      South gate did him a huge favour by leaving him out, at least now the vicious cycle can be broken…He gets picked into the squad, he shines and scores a hat-trick in one low pressure game, everyone is raving about Jack the man again and after his signature, he earns himself a 100% wage increase at Arsenal or elsewhere, the pressure to perform weighs down on him ala Mesut Ozil at 350k and he over exerts himself, maybe even get injured again then we are back to square one. Alternatively, he can knuckle down, take what Arsenal is offering him, a lot of fortune 500 CEOs don’t earn 100k a month, get on with playing for the club he loves and by the time the next major tournament is around, he has the talent to be the undisputed first name on the plane but not with this entitled mentality.

  3. Grandad says:

    Wilsh ere is no longer good enough for Arsenal or England. End of story.

  4. gotanidea says:

    He was good at the beginning of this season, then became ineffective. I think it was because of the lack of confidence, unwillingness to take high risks, low stamina and the old injuries

    Unless he can be a late bloomer like Graziano Pelle, Jamie Vardy, Luca Toni and Sandro Wagner, I think we are seeing an aging Wilshere. Seri or Rafinha could be important as an upgrade of Wilshere, Ramsey and Cazorla

    1. kev says:

      At a new team,new management and without many injuries I think he can be 2x the player he is now.
      I like the way he doesn’t hide and always trying to make things happen even when he’s not playing well.However,I still think he can be a great player.For some they won’t make it but some will make it.Thats life.Lets see the side where he falls in another team.

  5. Muffdiver says:

    Who gives a flying feck
    Buy nabil fekir
    And some cbs
    Give us a chance to fix the damage done

    Jack an rest of these under performers have had long enough to recognise there talent .
    They let us all down

  6. jon fox says:

    I f you bet, the obvious bet is to lay(bet AGAINST)England to reach semi finals. but check all available odds and coming fixtures, injuries, other current team matters thoroughly first. SADLY, THOUGH I HAVE ALWAYS ADMIRED Jacks will to win , his former great promise has been revealed to be just an empty promise that can never now happen. I would let him go. As we have stupidly let his contract run down to nothing , we will get no fee. That was down to WENGER, LIKE SO MUCH ELSE BESIDES THAT WENT WRONG. BUT WE START FROM WHERE WE ARE , NOT WHERE WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN , HAD THE CLUB ACTED YEARS EARLIER TO END THE REGRESSION HE CAUSED. The positive side of this is that we fans well realise this and will not expect miracles from a man, Emery, who is entirely blameless in what went on before.

  7. kev says:

    Boca Juniors feel Cristian Pavon would impress in the World Cup and will therefore not listen to any offers for him before the competition starts.They have offered Cristian Pavón a new contract which ups his release clause to $50M. He’s very very likely to accept the contract at this stage.

    We need to act fast if we want the quality players.We can’t afford to allow them impress at the World Cup before.

    1. kev says:

      In addition, Sead Kolašinac has been considering his future. He’s not happy with playing time he’s been getting.We have quietly also been looking at a LB.

      1. Sue says:

        I don’t want to lose him!

        1. Break-on-through says:

          I’d be surprised if we let him go, not too many full backs who have the frame of a CB and are quick too. Coaching, and games under his belt is all he needs. We need a consistent back line, changes only ruin momentum to a back line. Our famous defence wouldn’t of been nearly as impressive without that continuity. Kolasinac will become formidable, remember that Luiz challenge, he’s a brave one.

          1. Sue says:

            He wasn’t in the Bundesliga team of the year for nothing hey?!

    2. gotanidea says:

      If I’m not mistaken, Pavon’s stronger foot is right. We already have Nelson, Welbeck, Aubameyang, Mkhitaryan and Lacazette that can play in the same position

      It is good if we get another skillful right-footed winger like Cristian Pavon, Gelson Martins or Adama Traore. But we need a variant on the other side, a left-footed like Salah and Messi, to make our trident deadly like Liverpool and PSG:


      1. Juhi McLovin says:

        Actually only Nelson of thos listed are wingers. Others are Strikers or CAMs.

        I will bet Pavon, Torreira and anyone between wiöö impress at World Cup, sky rocket their prices. Dithering…

  8. garfield says:

    I’ve made some earlier comments while everyone was worried about my grandma no one was concentrating on my message it’s all about ego one putting themselves before the cause not observing and use critical thinking we rely too much on other people’s opinion 3 years ago I said sadio Mane was better than ozil everyone laughs at me and asked what I was smoking remember this I’m going to say this today abdoulaye doucoure is the best defensive midfielder in the Premier League Patrick Vieira right in front of our eyes why are we not getting him a ratie in the top 10 best player in the Premier League I bet you Liverpool manager jurgen klopp is going to realize it before us

    1. Sergio says:

      Garfield, punctuation helps others understand your posts.

      1. Ozziegunner says:

        Garfield, I agree Doucoure is a good option if available for a reasonable price; EPL experience with Watford, 182cm and 25 yo.

  9. Viso says:

    I have watched him play for longtime but its wise that England left him out. His performance last season was not even 50% what he is capable of, Wenger loved him so much but if I was an Arsenal coach last season..he would not have played in the second half of the season. please u need a fresh start.

  10. Petit says:

    Arsenal had tried for Wilshere, if he is sincere, he would admit that.

    It’s time we moved on from players like Wilshere who show promises in teens and early 20s , that they never fulfilled later in their careers.
    Keeping such players in our team, was exactly why we missed out on the likes of Salah and Mane of today.

    We have to stop this retrogressive culture of keeping poor performing or injury prone players in our team for some long, occupying valuable slots that would have otherwise been offered to better players.

    Wilshere had his chance, unfortunately injuries ruined it for him, we should say our goodbyes to him now and move on.

    1. Break-on-through says:

      I mentioned Salah as a possible replacement for Alexis during summer and it got thumbed down hard. I compared him to Alexis at the time but thought he’d be a cheaper version or maybe add to our depth at the least. People said he’s a Chelsea reject and the Italian league is weak. I think about two or three people agreed that he might be worth a look.

  11. G says:

    Tbf that torriera looks quality

  12. RSH says:

    Wow, thats embarrassing. Been a few weeks, move on. Nobody cares anymore. Media barely even reported it this time, lmao. Facts are he didn’t deserve the callup. This is nothing like Nainggolan snub.

  13. jon fox says:

    Pretty much unanimous on here now that Wilshere should move away. He has had a near decade to show his talents and failed. At 26 he will not now regain his youthful promise. Ultimately he showed a lifestyle lack of intelligence which contributed much to the constant injuries that derailed him for good. He has guts aplenty but lacks a keen brain. If he were intelligenrt he would not now be publicly moaning at Southgate for , correctly , leaving him out. He should go and soon.

  14. ruelando says:

    It would be best Wilshere enjoy the time with the kids, sign Arsenal contract, rest, watch the world cup on television, get some gym work going and prepare for next season with arsenal by, putting in some extra work.

    He was poor this season so he should honestly look himself in the eyes and say he has no right to a place in England squad, he does not even deserve a space in the arsenal squad. Now that the protective layer Wenger has been removed he will have to work for his place in the team, no longer safeguarding positions in the team for such players as Ramsay, Wilshere, Walcott and Ox to a lesser extent

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