The deadline for Turkish clubs was last Friday, and reports suggested that Super Lig outfit Trabzonspor were looking at the English international, but speaking to Turkish-Football about what actually happened, Muharrem Usta seems to suggest that the player either had second thoughts about the move, or the Gunners decided against the loan deal:
“I held direct talks with Jack Wilshere. We wanted him on loan and were close to a deal but the move stalled at the last moment.”
The 25 year old’s departure on loan would have been a surprise considering Wilshere’s contract expires next summer. A permanent sale would no doubt have been preferable in order for the Gunners to secure a transfer fee. A loan, either until January or the end of the season, would have allowed the central midfielder to speak to other clubs about a free transfer next summer.
As it is, Wilshere remains on the fringes of the first team squad despite recovering from a broken leg. He may however get chosen to start by Arsene Wenger for the club’s Europa League match against FC Cologne on Thursday.