Steve Bould says that Jack Wilshere will have to manage injuries and niggles for the rest of his career, as the midfielder’s future at Arsenal remains in serious doubt.
Arsenal have tabled a take it or leave it offer that the 26 year old has not deemed acceptable for him to sign, and it seems more and more likely that he will depart on a free transfer this morning.
The Guardian report this morning that the club are ‘sanguine’ about such a possibility, and speaking ahead of tomorrow’s game against Stoke, assistant manager Steve Bould intimated that the litany of injury problems Wilshere has suffered are a contributory factor to the offer made.
“That’s the nature of Jack, I’m afraid,” he said. “He can pick up an injury because his ankle will turn. He’s got a sore knee.
“I think perhaps he will always have a little niggle here and there because of the way he is structured. But he’s a great player. A fit Jack Wilshere is a very good player.”
Bould was a youth coach as the England international was making his way through the academy, and understands his connection to the club as well as anyone, but warned a fully fit Jack Wilshere is going to be hard to find.
“I’ve known Jack since he was a real young kid,” he said. “He loves the football club and we just need him fit more often than he has been in the past.
“It is something he might have to manage all his career.”