Arsenal’s on-loan star midfielder Jack Wilshere has suggested he may look to leave his parent club in search of regular playing time next season despite Arsene Wenger’s insistence on keeping him at the club.
The Gunners star was allowed to leave the club on a season-long loan on Transfer Deadline Day last summer, with plenty of suitors interested in the England international.
In the end Wilshere chose Bournemouth and has performed well and most importantly remained fit under Eddie Howe.
Despite rumours of a potential exit from Arsenal, the academy graduate is remaining focused on his football.
“My main focus at the minute is on playing for Bournemouth, getting them out of the position they’re in and back to winning ways,” he told Sky Sports News
“I’m concentrating on the next three or four months and then I’m not sure what’s going to happen.”
Arsenal are believed to have offered Wilshere a new deal with his current terms set to expire in 2018, however the midfielder is focused on playing football and talk of his future will be left with his agent. He did however suggest playing time will be vital in his decision to remain at the club.
“I leave that [contract talk] to my agent.
“I’m just concentrating on maintaining my fitness, playing games and I’m enjoying it. As long as I’m here I’m going to enjoy it and help Bournemouth.”
“At the end of the season, when I sit down and think about that [playing regularly] will be a big factor.
“I need to play, that’s why I came here. Bournemouth gave me that opportunity.
“It’s a big time for this club. They’ve worked really hard to get to the position they are today.
“We want to maintain our Premier League status and we know it’s going to be a big job. It’s going to be hard but we are up for it.”
“At the end of the season, when we see what I’ve done at Bournemouth, I’ll have a couple of weeks off on holiday and then think about it.”
While Wilshere has remained a mainstay in the Bournemouth lineup, there is the question that remains as to whether he can fulfil his promise as an all action midfielder on the biggest stage. Perhaps it’s the fact that he’s not playing with world class players around him, but he’s notched just two assists and has no goals to his name in his 19 outings for the South Coast outfit.
It is important that Wilshere doesn’t get distracted with the contract talks and focuses on getting back to a level in that would see him challenge for a place next season at Arsenal. One more setback and it could be the end of Wilshere’s promising Gunners career.