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Is Jack Wilshere better off at Manchester United?

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In the first half of Arsenal's Champions League tie against Napoli last night, the Gunners showed a brand of football so slick and so impressive that the strongest team in the Serie A were simply blown away.

The match saw the top-placed Premier League team meet the top-placed Serie A team and many were expecting problems for Arsene Wenger's men.

But Arsenal piled on the pressure in the opening 45 minutes scoring two quick goals courtesy of Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud, which proved to be an unassailable lead.

This devastating brand of football was done with Arsenal's golden boy Jack Wilshere on the bench.

If the form of Aaron Ramsey, Mathieu Flamini and Ozil continue in the same vain, that may be a position Wilshere will have to get used to.

The last handful of games has seen Wilshere moved out of his natural central position on to the left wing - something he clearly isn't comfortable with.

The move is due to the fact that Ramsey has found the form of his life whilst Flamini has brought a defensive discipline to the side for the first time since the Frenchman left in 2008.

Also, trying to displace the 'King of Assists' Mesut Ozil will take some doing if Wilshere wants to play in his favoured advanced midfield role. 

It seems that Wilshere will be on the wings for the foreseeable future. But what happens when natural left wing players Lukas Podolski and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain return to the squad? Wilshere will take a seat on the bench.

But it needn't be this way for the boy hailed as England's saviour.

Heading north to the crumbling Premier League champions and we find a gaping Wilshere-shaped hole in the Manchester United team.

David Moyes' men are crying out for a creative, passionate player to fill the void left by Paul Scholes. Thiago Alcantara and Cesc Fabregas turned down Manchester United's advances but the best replacement possible lies at the Emirates.

If Ramsey's form continues, it is unlikely the 22-year-old will be displaced, even by Wilshere. As they are similar ages, it means Wilshere faces a career in the shadow of the fast-developing Welshman.

Unlike at the home of the Gunners, Wilshere is guaranteed a first team place at Old Trafford. He will get every, if not more, chances to win trophies than at Arsenal.

If Wilshere wants to fulfil his potential, he needs playing time. Not only that, he needs to be the main man. Wenger no longer needs Wilshere on a tactical basis and is unlikely to give him the environment to blossom in to the great player he can become.

That perfect environment is lying in 12th place in the Premier League at the moment. Not only can he be England's saviour but Manchester United's as well.

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