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Were Arsenal right to loan Jack Wilshere?

Friday 30th December 2016
We're halfway through the season, and with the January window just around the corner. This is the perfect time to sit back and assess decisions that were made in the summer window. On the  31st of August, earth-shattering news broke that sent shockwaves around the Arsenal fanbase. News that Jack Wilshere would be leaving the Gunners to complete a season-long loan to Bournemouth.
To the masses, the loan seemed to come out of nowhere but for Jack, the move had been bubbling up for a while. The Englishman had harboured deep concerns around his playing time after spending the first 3 games of the season the bench.

It was the acquisition of Granit Xhaka that put the final nail in Wilshere's season, with the Swiss international, along with Mohammed Elneny, Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey, Francis Coquelin all fighting for the same two positions, Jack was shafted down the M3 and deposited at the feet of Eddie Howe. Wilshere was also worried about his development, especially after being left out of Big Sam's first England squad. He felt the move was necessary for his career and opted to join the Cherries.

The 24-year old has since managed to stay fit for every game so far this campaign, something he hasn't managed for several years. This season Jack Wilshere has already made 16 appearances, more than he did in the whole of last year. He's proving his fitness and injury woes are well behind him, before this season Wilshere had last played a full 90 minutes back in September 2014.
With Jack finally proving his worth physically, there'll be a clamour of clubs fighting for his signature at the end of this season. Wilshere's current contract with Arsenal expires in 2018, and there's been much talk about his future.

Many have weighed in on the situation, including former Spurs legend Jamie Redknapp, who feels Wilshere should start looking at options away from the Emirates as "he won't get into the team regularly." The Englishman himself has long insisted that he is currently not thinking about his future but just focusing on improving his performances for Bournemouth.

"At the moment, my head is in Bournemouth."

Wilshere to Sky Sports, 4th December.



Wenger has openly said he sees Jack's future as an Arsenal player and wants to get new contract talks in motion as soon as possible. Despite the public show of admiration from the boss, the Mirror are reporting that contract talks haven't even started yet, with Jack more focused on his current team than his parent one.
Now that Santi Cazorla is set to be sidelined for a number of months, Wilshere's presence could really be useful right now. He's the only player with a similar skillset to the Spaniard. He can wriggle out of tight positions, drive through congested players and commit players, thus making space for others. It's not only the skill set, it's his productivity too. This season alone, Jack Wilshere has created more chances (18) than Aaron Ramsey (2), Mohammed Elneny (3), Francis Coquelin (4) and Granit Xhaka (6) put together (15).  Mesut Özil is the only Arsenal player to have created more chances (20), than Jack this season.

I know he's playing well now and keeping fit but with the gaping hole in the middle of Arsenal's team at the moment, was Wenger justified in letting the 24-year old leave?

Let us know your thoughts.
Mathaeus Abuwa

Arsenal fan with ample amounts of passion for both Cristiano Ronaldo & Real Madrid. I'm one of those bandwagonist hipster fans that will claim to know everything about football, but only watches the El Clasico outside of the Premier League. Forgive me, I'm trying. Oh yeah, #WengerOut. 


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