Jack Wilshere’s Arsenal career seems to be at a crossroads and Manchester City’s reported interest this summer isn’t helping matters.
As the current champions prepare a £30m move, as per the Mirror, many fans aren’t as anxious as we’ve previously been when clubs have sniffed around our most important players.
Now, this could be due to two methods of thought; we now have the finances to turn down offers for our best players, or fans are genuinely not fussed if we were to sanction the sale of Wilshere.
Hypothetically speaking, should your way of thinking align with the latter then this piece is designed to change that.
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The sale of Wilshere is far from a reality, despite his off-field and injury concerns. The England man’s future is surely secure as long as Arsene Wenger remains our manager, with the Frenchman probably his biggest advocate.
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The boss’s loyalty to players has been a hinderance in the past, but in this case, it is completely justified. If one wants to know how highly Wilshere is rated by Wenger, comments from last season, immediately after the first episode of the midfielder smoking habit, from the manager couldn’t have been clearer.
“Wilshere is a very important player here, my future plans have always been built around Jack,” Wenger stated (via Sky Sports).
These plans may have been altered in recent years but four components to our team have been indirectly tweaked and could allow Wenger to finally build the team around Wilshere.
3. Return to 4-2-3-1
The 4-1-4-1 system used earlier on this season, centred around Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey, clearly failed. Winning only four of our opening 12 games, the lack of preparation due to the World Cup was compounded by Wenger’s obsession with this new system.
Both Wilshere and Ramsey prefer playing behind a natural No.10 and next to a destructive midfielder. However, Wenger’s return to the favoured system has benefited neither. Santi Cazorla is now central to our plans and the creative hub of our team with Ramsey filling in out wide.
If, in Wenger’s mind, the position next to Coquelin requires a player capable of accepting the ball in tight spaces with an eye for a pass – Wilshere is that man. Cazorla is entering the twilight in his career and his heir apparent could be our designated No.10.