There’s nothing quite like an Arsenal transfer window to leave a guy or gal looking forward to watching a tea kettle boil. Yet with mere days before players, managers, agents, and pundits are in the full throws of the January window, there is so much to discuss. What comes from those discussions is anyone’s guess, but what we do know is that Arsene Wenger and Arsenal’s newly-appointed managerial team have much to decide.
Jack Wilshere Signing or Leaving?
The futures of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are important but at the same time, two players certainly don’t make a team. There is another duo, one who has stayed the course at the club for much of their adult lives and certainly their football careers: Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott.
When looking back at Arsene Wenger’s career after he finally agrees to move on in life, how he’s managed two of the longest-serving players at the club will be a sticking point. Both arrived on the scene full of promise, not only for the club but for the country. Both have had their bright spots and their fair share of doldrums, but what is more difficult to measure is the intangibles they bring. Still, neither has realised the success that was expected.
A Matter of Two Questions Regarding Jack Wilshere
There really are two questions to consider: Whether he will stay and whether he should stay.
For years, Jack Wilshere has been a polarasing figure. He has all the talent in the world mixed with a healthy bit of tenacity. His link-up play has developed with spots of brilliance and he’s learned to play off the ball as well. While he still has the tendency to put his head down and barrel through at times, he still has a nice touch. For an Arsenal side who are begging for someone to take control of the midfield, it would seem Jack Wilshere is a prime candidate given who Arsene Wenger has available.
She he should stay, right?
Yet the no-longer-young Englishman has had a very difficult career, one that has been marred by injuries. That much is well documented and was the reason he had a loan spell at AFC Bournemouth. With him having returned and seeing some playing time in place of the aforementioned injured Aaron Ramsey, can he not serve a purpose? Even in his loan spell at Bournemouth he succumbed to injury—although he did almost make it.
Arsene Wenger has said he will be looking to discuss a new contract with Wilshere in the new year, with talks underway and going well. Still, that’s far from a sure bet. One thing is for certain: Jack Wilshere has aspirations of making England’s World Cup team. And with recent news coming from Gareth Southgate, his making the team is still a possibility.
Wilshere will want playing time, but can Arsene Wenger deliver that?
The only real legitimate rumour making the circles would have Jack staying London to play under David Moves at West Ham United. Moyes has not hidden the fact that he would like to see Jack Wilshere playing for The Hammers sooner rather than later. Ahead of his team’s clash with Arsenal, he was quoted as saying: “I think Jack Wilshere would be someone who we’d have to look at, if he was available.” It doesn’t get clearer than that. Certainly, if this were ever to come to fruition there would need to be a release clause in the event West Ham is relegated at season’s end.
Staying the Course
The most likely scenario is that he stays at Arsenal, however. Arguably the most glaring problem currently (okay, there is an argument that a central defender would be up there, too) is that the club is getting beat in the central midfield, especially when a third centre back is added to the fray.
How Arsene Wenger rates Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey, both individually and in a partnership, will determine how strongly he pursues a new deal with the current wearer of the #10 shirt.
All indications are that the club and player are currently in talks and things look hopeful. Let’s wait and see.
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