In a surprising revelation, it was revealed earlier that Arsenal are willing to let Jack Wilshere leave the club on loan for the season. The Englishman has already attracted interest from some of the biggest clubs in Europe and here we discuss some of the best choices for all parties.
Ideally Arsenal want Wilshere playing as consistently as possible at as high a level as available. While there are obvious benefits of loaning him to a Premier League side, The Gunners could favour moving the midfielder abroad. Very few English players move overseas and the 24-year-old could learn a lot in a completely new environment.
Aside from that, playing in a less physically demanding league could also help Wilshere’s injury record. The ideal scenario is that Wilshere goes away for a year, remains injury-free and impresses before returning to the Emirates a better player next season. Here are a number of clubs where that development could take place.
The Italian giants have emerged as one of the favourites to sign the player. Juventus have a Paul Pogba-shaped hole in their midfield and why not replace it with another player signed from an English club? Wilshere would be at a top European club, perform in the Champions League, and undoubtedly win the Serie A title. However there are question marks over how much Wilshere would actually play. The Italian giants already have Claudio Marchisio and Sami Khedira as well as summer signing Miralem Pjanic.
A move to AS Roma could be a better one for Wilshere. He’d still get the experience of playing at a massive foreign club but has a much better chance of getting into the team. While Roma do have Daniele De Rossi, Kevin Strootman and Radja Nainggolan to choose from, the club sold Miralem Pjanic to Juventus and haven’t signed a recognised replacement. Another positive behind this move would be Wilshere linking up with a couple of familiar names. The midfielder would be joining fellow Gunner Wojciech Szczesny as well as former club captain Thomas Vermaelen who are both on loan at the Italian side. While Roma aren’t challenging for titles or playing in the Champions League, the club would be a good fit for Wilshere.
An option in Spain would be Valencia CF. The Spanish giants have lost star midfielder Andre Gomes to FC Barcelona and could really do with a replacement for the Portuguese man. The Spanish side are in desperate need of reinforcements after losing both of their first two league matches. Valencia sit bottom of La Liga after losing to Las Palmas and Eibar. Valencia have a reported interest in the midfielder and the move could work out well for Wilshere. His style of play would suit Spanish football very well. Let’s just hope any move turns out better than the last time an Englishman went to Valencia.
Moving a little closer to home and Everton would perhaps be the best Premier League club to send the midfielder on loan to. The Toffees probably won’t challenge Arsenal in the league table but play at a high enough level to still compete. Wilshere would have experience playing under one of the brightest young managers in the Premier League today as well as picking up the experience of playing weekly football. Manager Ronald Koeman plays a high quality brand of football and the two could mix well.
Granit Xhaka moved from Borussia Monchengladbach to Arsenal this summer and it might be a good move if Jack Wilshere went the other way. Monchengladbach have shown no public interest in signing the English midfielder but this could be a good move for all parties. The club lost both Xhaka and midfielder Havard Nordtveit this summer, replacing the pair with just Christoph Kramer. Wilshere could slot into an impressive team and perform weekly in the Bundesliga as well as the Champions League. The Arsenal number 10 would be at a club in the same European group as Manchester City and FC Barcelona.
It’s a bit of a change of pace but Wilshere could make the move to Celtic. New manager Brendan Rodgers would undoubtedly love to have Wilshere in his midfield, playing a style of football somewhat similar to Arsenal’s. Wilshere would get to remain in the United Kingdom while still experiencing football in a different league, playing weekly for a club challenging for titles and also take part in the Champions League. The Scottish Premier League is undoubtedly a step-down from the English equivalent but Wilshere would be able to perform against Manchester City, FC Barcelona, and Borussia Monchengladbach in Europe.
In conclusion it seems that the Italian sides would be the best fit for Wilshere’s loan spell. Serie A has become far more competitive in recent seasons and the pull of European football edges out a couple of the other suggestions on the list. Ideally Wilshere would become a crucial part of the Juventus team for twelve months. He could learn from some of the best players in Europe at a top team before returning a better player. However if there is no assurance that the Englishman would play then AS Roma would be a better fit.
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