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The Metro have been sh*t stirring a bit recently, suggesting that Jack Wilshere has slammed Arsene Wenger for playing him out of position. That is unquestionably twisting the truth a little, as while the 24-year-old has spoken about his preferred position, he has in no way hit out at Wenger.
Wilshere spent most of the last season sidelined with injury, but when he did finally come back he spent more of what little pitch time he got out on the right wing. The England international reiterated that this wasn’t his favoured position, and that he most definitely saw himself as a central player. He obviously prefers to play in midfield, and was happy that Roy Hodgson allowed him that opportunity for England.
“With Arsenal I’ve been playing out wide, which is not me,” he said.
“I’m not a wide man.
“But Roy seems to have faith in me in the middle, so I’m happy with that.
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“I like to play anywhere in the middle. I played the holding role before and I really enjoy that. I was a bit higher up the pitch against Turkey and I enjoyed that.”
He’s not necessarily criticising Arsene Wenger though, merely stating that he prefers to play centrally rather than out wide. With the competition at Arsenal however, there are a number of quality players fighting for the midfield spots. If Wilshere were fully fit and at his best throughout the season then he may well be keeping someone else out of the team, but after returning for just the last couple of games he was given game time wherever he’d fit in.
At Arsenal we play a very unique style, with our wide men regularly cutting inside and overloading the midfield. So even when the likes of Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey are pushed out wide, they still spend a lot of time more central.
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Wilshere would still prefer a proper central role though, and maybe next season he’ll get one. First he needs to focus on remaining injury free though, and then he can start concentrating on where he fits into the Arsenal lineup.