Was Bournemouth the right choice for Jack Wilshere?

Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere was shipped out of North London on deadline day, in favour of a loan move away from the club. Whilst some will argue he was forced out, many believe that Wilshere recognised that if he is to try and get his club career back on track, he needs to go to a team that can offer him regular first team football where he can attempt to build on his fitness.

After Wilshere was made available by Arsene Wenger, the Englishman reportedly received 22 offers from clubs across Europe, many of which were in England and Italy. On deadline day, two clubs which were reportedly very keen on Wilshere were AS Roma and Bournemouth. These two sides are at opposite ends of the scale, but Wilshere in the end ‘chose’ to sign for Bournemouth on the south coast.

It left Roma disappointed they couldn’t come to an agreement with Arsenal and Wilshere and a spokesperson for Roma, director Mauro Baldissoni has confirmed that whilst the Italian side did make an offer for Wilshere, the midfielder declined in favour of remaining in England. Baldissoni said: ‘Towards the end of the market we saw the chance to take an opportunity. We had identified Wilshere, who could’ve suited us, but he decided to remain in England. For the rest, we did what we needed to do.’

Although it comes as no surprise that Wilshere would prefer to stay in England, despite the difference in competition between Roma and Bournemouth, it was slightly surprising that he didn’t seem to even consider remaining at a ‘higher level’. Bournemouth will no doubt be a fantastic experience for Jack, if he manages to stay fit, because on the south coast he will endure a star player spot on the team and he will certainly achieve regular playing time to build his fitness and confidence. However was it really Wilshere’s decision to chose Bournemouth or did Arsenal have something to do with it?

It has been rumoured instead that Arsenal rejected Roma’s approach for Wilshere, despite recognising what a fantastic opportunity it would be for the Englishman to play his trade abroad, because of dealings that occurred between the two clubs earlier in the summer. Although Arsenal already have one Gunner out in Roma, in the form of Wojciech Szczesny, it is understood that since then Roma were not willing to hold any negotiations at all regarding their central defender Manolas. This supposedly frustrated the club in its attempt to sign a centre back (before Mustafi) and so as a result the North Londoners were not willing to engage over any possible loan deal for Wilshere.

Although many fans are still coming to terms with what a strange feeling it is to see Wilshere away from the club, now that a deal has happened and he is out on loan, I think many are slowly coming to realise what an opportunity this is for the 24 year old to rebuild his career and give himself another chance of success at Arsenal in the future.



  1. Arsenal_Girl says:

    As long as the team is a PL team, that’s all that matters
    Playing for Bournemouth is better than Roma because he needs match time in PL
    He would have been on the bench here or in Rome
    At Bournemouth he will get regular 1st team matches
    It will also help him get called up for England

    He is still our future as long as he stays healthy and fit

  2. Ugabooga says:

    Very pleased he has gone on loan.

    1. Regular game time in favourite position.
    2. Game time = Fitness
    3. Fitness = less injuries
    4. Less injuries = more experience
    5. Experience = hopefully a player achieving full potential
    6. = good for Arsenal, Jack and Fans

    OT: Is anyone else concerned about our depth on wings?
    I’m pleased with all business we have done, but feel we short in this area.

    We have The ( injury prone), Ox (injury prone), Alexia and Iwobi (inexperienced, but talented).
    Expect Theo and Ox to be out at sum point leaving Alexia and Iwobi.

    1. Ugabooga says:

      I.e. Why did we loan out Campbell????????????????

      1. mohawk says:

        That is the one perplexing move this summer. Campbell

        The only answer that makes sense is that Wenger had Alexsis, Walcott, Ox, Iwobi, Ramsey and maybe even now Perez ahead of Campbell in the depth chart for wing play.

        Many fans, however, would gladly see Campbell on the pitch ahead of Ox, Walcott and Ramsey.

        With the center of the pitch full with Cazorla, Xhaka, Elneny, Coq and Ozil, Wenger likely sees the RW as the only slot for Ramsey. And you know almost nothing will keep Ramsey off the pitch so long as Wenger is manager.

        1. JAmerican says:

          This is why I was secretly hoping for Wenger to pull off Griezmann on deadline day even if he said he wanted to stay in Spain. Lol but money talks

          Anyway I’ve been reading a lot about Mourinho going for him next summer as an eventual replacement for Rooney. Sad because I really rate Griezmann.

          Anyways we need to just hand Özil the #10 as a part of his contract renewal, don’t know why Wilshere got it in the first place…

  3. Ugabooga says:

    I hate these breaks though, why do they schedule an International just 3 weeks into season after they have had euros and copa.

  4. mark says:

    Can we stop whining on about Wilshere going on loan? He has hardly played due to injury, and has been erratic in form, so a loan deal to ANY PL club is a good move for his career and for AFC.

    To suggest that Bournemouth is not a good move is insulting to that club, IMHO.

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