“That decision is not completely made” – Arsene Wenger hints Jack Wilshere could leave Arsenal
The 25-year-old is back at the Emirates Stadium following a season-long loan spell at fellow Premier League outfit Bournemouth, but faces a fight to reclaim a regular place as competition for places in midfield is quite strong.
Furthermore, Wilshere’s hopes of making an impression in pre-season were destroyed after suffering a broken leg against Tottenham Hotspur in April and is now playing catch-up in a bid to regain full fitness.
Interestingly, the England international – just like Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – is in the final year of his contract with the north London outfit, yet Wenger’s stance on keeping Wilshere is noticeably different.
“That decision is not completely made,” the Frenchman when asked if Wilshere will stay, as reported by the Telegraph.
“I want him to have a chance to play somewhere as well. We have to decide that a bit later. I wanted first him to come back, he is coming out of a fracture.
“It is the first week he is back in full training and we have to sit down together and see where we go from there.”
Once fully fit, Wilshere faces competition from Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey, Francis Coquelin, Mohamed Elneny as well as Chamberlain (even Santi Cazorla) for a place in midfield and Wenger wants the Gunners no.10 to show he’s over his injury nightmare.
“I gave him a start at a very young age,”Wenger added.
“He has gone through difficult times, I want him to have the career he can have and I am quite open on that.
“He has the talent to be regular, but he has to come back to competition in a consistent way.”
Wilshere’s loan spell with the Cherries was a relative success. He made a total of 27 Premier League appearances – completing the full 90 minutes on 15 occasions – and created the most chances of any player in Eddie Howe’s squad (34).