Jack Wilshere’s Arsenal career is over, according to Jamie Redknapp, who feels the midfielder will be unable to force his way back into the team after he returns from his loan spell with Bournemouth.
Wilshere played his first 90 minutes for over two years on Saturday as the Cherries held Tottenham to a 0-0 draw at the Vitality Stadium.
The midfielder has made six appearances for Eddie Howe’s side this season as he seeks to prove form and fitness but Redknapp believes he needs to leave Arsenal for the good of his career.
“I don’t see a future at Arsenal any more, I think now he will realise he has got to get away from Arsenal,” he told Sky Sports.
“It’s too comfortable for him there. He is not going to get into the team at Arsenal regularly.
“If he makes that move he can show what he is all about. No disrespect, I think he’s a step above Bournemouth, but I think it’s a great thing for him to do. He’s really putting himself out there.”
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However, Redknapp did reserve some praise for Wilshere for his display against Tottenham and particularly for lasting the full 90 minutes.
“It’s massive for him,” he added. “He has proved to himself he can play 90 minutes and I think it is important.
“He did really well today and it was difficult for him against Dembele and Wanyama, [they are] big units. It was always difficult but some of his touches were exquisite and as the game wore on, the last five minutes he came back into it again.
“When he plays for England, I just don’t see him as a defensive midfielder because you lose so much of what he does well.
“In that role he plays now [for Bournemouth] he can see the game and slow it down, and he’s a lovely link for the team.”
Wilshere’s future at Arsenal looks uncertain although much will surely depend on how he performs this season with Bournemouth and whether he can indeed stay fit and return to his best form.