‘Jack is an Arsenal player and the success of this club in future years will depend on how well the young players educated here do.
‘He is very much a part of that future.’
These are the words of Arsene Wenger after Jack Wilshere continues to be linked with a move to Manchester City this summer.
The England international returned to the first-team in February following ankle injury he picked up in November, but has not featured for Wenger’s side since.
Wenger currently uses Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla in the deeper midfield roles and both have been in impressive form for the Gunners. As a result and unfortunately for Wilshere, Wenger is unwilling to change a winning formula – this is where Manchester City come in.
City are keen to add some English talent and want to bring Wilshere to the Etihad Stadium for a reported £25 million (£30 million depending on what papers you read) as they look to revamp their squad for next season’s campaign.
Due to his potential, the 23-year-old midfielder was tipped by many seven years ago (especially when he broke into the first-team as a 19-year-old) to become an Arsenal great. However, he has failed to live up to expectations (partly because of his injury mishaps over the years) and is slowly being forgotten about at the Emirates by some because of his fellow midfield team-mates’ displays.
But despite what the fans and media pundits alike think, Wenger is adamant that Wilshere remains a long-term cog in the Emirates machine and has no plans to cash-in on the injury-prone playmaker.
But should Arsenal consider the sale of Wilshere this summer?
It is a tough one to call, in my opinion. Wilshere has the potential to become one of the best midfielders in England and possibly even Europe, but there is something lacking that I can’t quite put my finger on. He is a good player and adds depth to the squad and midfield but I don’t think he is a regular in the first-team anymore, and that’s what the club have to think about.
For £25 million, I would definitely consider it, as that money can be put towards an area that needs improving, like our defence for instance.