Jack Wilshere has been superb this international break, turning in two fantastic performances for Roy Hodgson’s side in a deep lying midfield role.
Arsene Wenger has reiterated time and time again why Wilshere is better used as an attacking player, it’s not difficult to see why after his stunning lobbed throughball was met perfectly by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to nod England into the lead on Tuesday night.
But is Wenger being too stubborn? Should he actually be exploring utilizing Wilshere in a more defensive role at the base of the midfield? The 22-year-old’s all action displays for his country suggests he can, but realistically the Three Lions have yet to face top class opposition.
Wilshere feels it’s a position that suits him well and he appears to be enjoying the plaudits he’s been receiving. Although he plays in a more advanced role for Arsenal, the England midfielder is very open to playing in a deeper role for his club.
Wilshere told reporters when asked if he thought he should play a holding role for the Gunners:
Yes, but the formation we play at Arsenal is a bit different.
I wouldn’t mind playing it at Arsenal and I’ve already spoken to the manager about it, and he doesn’t see me playing that role just yet.
I enjoy my role for Arsenal as well because I can get a bit further forward, but I wouldn’t mind playing the holding role for Arsenal. That’s the manager’s decision.
At the moment, I think [Mikel] Arteta is injured and [Mathieu] Flamini is playing that role. It’s down to him. If he wants me to play there, I’ll play it.
Wilshere feels he can grow in his new role with England but hinted that in order to do that he may need to become a regular for his club in that position.
I’m really enjoying my new position. I’ve said before, after the first game in Switzerland, that I’d only get better and better. It was my first game ever playing in that role.
The main thing is the coaches are getting their points across in terms of what they want me to do, not just over here but when we’re away from here.
We’re working on it, because I don’t play that role for my club, but I am really enjoying it.
With Arsenal set to host Manchester United at Emirates Stadium this weekend it’s not necessarily a time to experiment. But with Arteta and Flamini both preferred in the deepest role and the former injured, there is a strong case for playing Wilshere alongside Flamini to provide more protection for our leaky defence.
While Wilshere has been impressive for England let’s not get carried away and give Wenger another excuse to not buy the combative defensive midfielder we desperately need.
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