Arsene Wenger has responded to Jack Wilshere’s recent statement about siding with his current team A.F.C Bournemouth instead of his parent club as they go head-to-head at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
Speaking to the media ahead of the match, the Arsenal manager commented on Wilshere’s statement claiming there’s nothing wrong with the midfielder wanting the Gunners to lose.
“That’s normal,” said the Frenchman at the press conference.
“When you sign for a club you’re committed to do well for a season. You cannot say you want your own club to lose the game.”
Wilshere opted to move away from the north London club for regular football and chose to join Eddie Howe’s team on a season-long deal despite strong interest across the continent from several elite clubs.
The England international also made this decision to increase his chance of featuring for England, as regular football means a greater likelihood of call-ups for the national team.
So far, the choice to play for the Cherries has turned out well for the 24-year-old as he has started in the last four Premier League games under Howe. However, the midfielder will not be able to feature in the upcoming match as he is ineligible to play against his parent club.
That said, while Wenger might be okay with Wilshere’s support for Bournemouth it does make one question whether Jack still sees himself as a Gunner beyond this season. Only time will tell where his true loyalties lie, for now they are clearly inclined towards the Cherries.