Jack Wilshere has been linked with a move away from Arsenal.
The diminutive English midfielder, 23, has suffered plenty of injuries in his burgeoning career but the Arsenal academy product is still thought of as one of the best central midfielders in the Premier League.
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Wilshere has made plenty of headlines off the pitch over the past few years, but each time he’s got in hot water his boss Arsene Wenger has jumped to his defense and earlier this month the French manager laughed off speculation surrounding Wilshere leaving the Gunners.
But according to a fresh report in the Daily Mirror, Wilshere will be the subject of a $45 million bid this summer as City looks to restructure its central midfield as the likes of Yaya Toure and James Milner are likely to leave, plus Fernando has failed to impress in his debut season in England.
Would Wilshere be a good fit for the Citizens?
His swashbuckling style of taking players on and throwing himself into challenges in the engine room is one of the reasons he is injured so much, but if Wilshere can calm down that part of his game then his passing, creativity and positional sense will continue to flourish. He is capable of playing in an advanced midfield role but has also been deployed as a holding midfielder by English national team manager Roy Hodgson to great effect.
Wenger claims Arsenal is no longer a selling club after offloading Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie in recent seasons but if City offers upwards of $45 million for Wilshere, is that too good an offer for the Gunners to turn down? Wilshere hasn’t featured since November after injuring his ankle in a 2-1 home defeat to Manchester United and with Francis Coquelin, Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla in midfield, Arsenal looks balanced and also has a plethora of options in the attacking midfield positions in Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott.
Is it time for Wilshere to move on and fulfill his potential away from the only club he has ever known?
He will likely be given a starring role in City’s midfield and is perfect for the style of play their manager Manuel Pellegrini and the club directors want to foster. However, I’m struggling to see why Arsenal would sell one of its most promising midfielders to a direct rival for the PL title. If they ever want to win the Premier League again then the Gunners will have to resist the urge to cash in on Wilshere as his talents could well be exactly what City is missing. Earlier on this season Wilshere put in a stunning display against the Citizens in a 2-2 draw at the Emirates, with the Englishman scoring a sublime goal to show exactly what he’s capable of.
That performance seems to have stuck in the mind of City’s manager.