Arsene Wenger insists Jack Wilshere’s Arsenal future is not in jeopardy and that the England international can return to the Emirates from his loan at Bournemouth to reestablish himself as a mainstay of the club’s midfield for years to come.
All eyes will be on the 24-year-old when he makes his debut for Eddie Howe’s side against West Bromwich Albion tomorrow; a chance to lay down a marker at a crucial moment in his career.
At his first press conference since the transfer window closed, Wenger reflected on the late decision to release his protégé: “We had a chat together and he himself was concerned that he would not get enough competition early enough.
“He feels ready to play. I couldn’t guarantee that so that’s why we thought it’s a logical decision to give him time to really come back to a competitive level. At some stage you need competition and I couldn’t guarantee him that.
“The challenge for Jack is to play the games.”
Asked whether Wilshere’s career at Arsenal is now in jeopardy, the boss made clear that the 24-year-old remains firmly in his plans for the future.
“No, not at all. He wanted games and I can understand his desire. I felt it was a logical decision.
“Let’s not forget that last year he didn’t play. He’s in a position where you need games. You cannot be out for two seasons and then want him to be at the top level.
“It’s important for him that he gets the number of games this season.
“I hope personally that he stays his whole career here [at Arsenal]. He is a world class player, he doesn’t have to show me that he has the quality, it’s just that he comes back to a regular competitive level.”
Right now, all we can do is wish Jack the best. If he stays fit he makes Bournemouth a better side against every other club in the league, except us. Make his mark and no doubt he’ll be welcomed back into the Arsenal bosom with open arms.