Multiple reports are claiming that Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has met with Arsene Wenger and wants to go out on loan to play regularly.
[ TRANSFERS: Who needs what? ]
Wilshere, 24, hasn’t started any of Arsenal’s opening three games of the season and after the arrival of Granit Xhaka this summer, it seems as though the England international is down to fifth or sixth place in the pecking order with Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey, Francis Coquelin and Mohamed Elneny around.
It is widely claimed that Serie A sides Juventus and AS Roma are interested in taking Wilshere on loan, while West Ham United has also been mentioned by the London Evening Standard but it seems as though Slaven Bilic is looking elsewhere and is focusing on getting a new striker in.
Either Italian side would be a good fit, but particularly Juve as Wilshere could play in the UEFA Champions League and challenge for titles. Whether or not he’d be a regular in Massimilliano Allegri’s team is another matter, and at this point that’s all he needs.
Wilshere was left out of Sam Allardyce‘s first squad as England manager and after missing pretty much the whole of last season he was taken to EURO 2016 by Roy Hodgson and featured in three games for the Three Lions.
Injuries have hit the Arsenal academy product hard over the past five years with persistent ankle, lower league and foot issues leading to him playing just 17 PL games since the start of the 2014-15 campaign.
With the reports suggesting Wilshere is openly available on loan, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a host of Premier League teams trying to grab the combative midfielder on loan.
There’s no doubting Wilshere’s talent on the ball as his passing, dribbling and ability to link midfield with attack is incredibly good. This injury record is hanging over him though and if he isn’t going to be a regular at Arsenal this season, which seems to be the case, then Wilshere must go out on loan to prove he can still do it for a whole season.
This isn’t quite a last-chance saloon for Wilshere, but it’s not far off it.