Jack Wilshere has been looking to revive his career outside Arsenal as the club has announced his availability on loan. In the last 24 hours, he has received a total of 22 offers from clubs all over Europe but Premier League side Crystal Palace lead the race for the midfielder (via Mirror).
After a mutual agreement between Wilshere and boss Arsene Wenger, Arsenal has allowed him to leave the club for better first-team chances. The decision to leave is also driven by the midfielder’s omission from the England Squad selected for 2018 World Cup qualifier by manager Sam Allardyce.
Wilshere, who has had several injury-ravaged seasons at the Emirates has fallen behind ranks as Wenger opted for the newly signed Granit Xhaka, Mohamed Elneny and Santi Cazorla in the starting line-up.
Serie A club Roma were one of the first ones to make an offer for the 24-year-old, followed by Celtic who also expressed their interest in signing him. However, Mirror reports Wilshere prefers to stay in the Premier League and preferably in London due to which Crystal Palace emerges as the likeliest destination for the England international.
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Palace manager Alan Pardew sold Mile Jedinak to Aston Villa earlier this month and is eyeing adding two players before the transfer window closes. The club has added Liverpool’s Christian Benteke, Loic Remy from Chelsea and winger Andros Townsend from Newcastle to their attacking-force and now hope to improve their options in midfield to bolster the entire tempo of the team.
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Barcelona legend Xavi spoke in support of Wilshere’s decision to go on loan. He believes the midfielder has the potential to be one of the best in the world and therefore needs to explore his options away from Arsenal.
According to Mirror, he said, “A loan move can be a good move for him. He needs to be playing, he needs to build up his fitness, and if he can do that I am sure he will still have a big career at Arsenal.
“Arsenal have a philosophy similar to Barcelona’s in their approach to the game – and he should be loaned to a club who want to keep the ball and share that vision.
“He is a young player still, and if he can put the injuries behind him there is no reason why he still can’t be one of the best midfield players in Europe.”
Wilshere’s contribution to the team deteriorated since the season of 2013/14 when he made 24 appearances in total. His statistics lowered each following year coming down to a mere two appearances for the entire season last campaign.
Considering his fitness issues and ample choices available to Arsene in the midfield, it is better for the No.10 to move away on loan. For personal development sake, the choice to join Crystal Palace on loan is a wise decision as it will enable him to remain in the top flight but be more actively involved than experiencing it from the dug-out.
Despite a slow start to the transfer window, Arsenal accomplished multiple transactions within the last 48 hours of the window. Arsenal sent defender Calum Chambers to Middlesbrough on loan and are on the verge of selling winger Serge Gnabry to German club Werder Bremen as Wilshere probably heads off to Palace. With players leaving, Arsenal also made announcements of officially signing defender, Shkodran Mustafi and striker Lucas Perez.