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Is Arsene Wenger misusing Jack Wilshere?

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Wilshere should be used in a deeper role. (©GettyImages)
Wilshere should be used in a deeper role. (©GettyImages).

Jack Wilshere is the name that warms the hearts of Arsenal fans, as well as English fans. 

He is the big hope for the Gunners going into next season. He is also the English national team's big young hope for the 2014 World Cup. 

There have been better young midfielders, even from Arsenal, but it is Wilshere’s passion and energy in midfield has the Englishman marked as a future leader of the side, and mainstay at the heart of the Arsenal midfield.

Arsene Wenger has preferred to deploy the Englishman at the top of a three man central midfield, with Cazorla deployed on the left side of the attacking three. This has not worked out as well as hoped - Cazorla has tended to drift in to the central areas too often, and Wilshere has not had sufficient goals or assists as would have been hoped. Maybe, the niggle in the ankle has had something to do with it, but come the start of next season he should be fit and raring to go again.

One option that Wenger can take is to play both Cazorla and Wilshere through the central midfield - the Spaniard with the attacking focus at the top, and Wilshere partnering Mikel Arteta at the fulcrum at the back. 

This will be a midfield trio to rival, if not better any midfield in the Premier League. This will also ensure Lukas Podolski, arguably the best finisher in the side, to start on the left and contribute with vital strikes next season. The German's first season has not been phenomenal but he has shown enough to suggest that he can regularly chip in with goals and assists, and rival Theo Walcott's contribution from the right.

This will mean Aaron Ramsey dropping to the bench, a bit harsh after a stellar end to the just concluded season. But the Welshman need not be disheartened - with plenty of games to play there will be sufficient scope to rotate him with either Wilshere or Arteta. That can only be a good headache for Wenger.


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