Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is considering leaving the Gunners in the January transfer window to strengthen his chances of being named in the final 23 man squad for the 2018 World Cup, according to the Times.
In a press conference today, Gunners manager Arsene Wenger has backed the 25 year old’s chances of making it on the plane to Russia. The chances of it happening though are unlikely if Wilshere doesn’t get more game time.
The midfielder has yet to feature in a Premier League game this season, and has not been offered a new contract to stay at the Emirates. All of his starts have come in cup competitions so far. He started the 1-0 win over Doncaster Rovers in the third round of the Carabao Cup, while he played the full 90 minutes of the Europa League match against BATE Borisov at the end of last month.
Wilshere has been named on the bench for the club’s last two Premier League games, but his lack of minutes on the pitch will no doubt be a concern for him. England’s weakness in central midfield means there is an opening for him to go to the World Cup, but will he get the games he needs with the Gunners?