Jack Wilshere could well lose his spot in the Arsenal starting XI if Sami Khedira arrives at the club this summer, after the youngster was snapped smoking in Las Vegas following England’s early exit from the World Cup.
The Daily Express speculates that Arsene Wenger will take an extremely dim view of the fact that his playmaker has been caught yet again, following the debacle that followed when he was seen with a cigarette outside a night-club in October last year. And, as such, the Frenchman may decide to replace the England international with Khedira as a result, with one his current crop of midfielders facing being dropped to the bench if the Germany star does arrive.
With Khedira set to cost £24million in transfer fees, and as much as £200,000-a-week in wages, only a fool would believe that he is being bought in to occupy a place in the dugout, and his reputation as a world-class box-to-box ball-winner makes him an ideal candidate to significantly strengthen Wenger’s side in the middle of the park.
Though the fact that the 22-year-old has been pictured smoking on his off-season break can hardly be regarded as a breach of conduct, the media have ran wild with rumours that Wenger will punish him upon his return to north London and, if indeed the Gunners coach is looking to stamp his authority, the arrival of Khedira will allow him to do just that without raising too many eyebrows.
Though Wilshere has always been a player of massive potential his development seems to have somewhat stalled over the past two seasons, and whilst fellow youngster Aaron Ramsey lit up the Premier League last term, the Stevenage-born midfielder has struggled to produce top quality performances on a regular basis.
The 27-year-old has a proven track record at the highest level, and his time in a Real Madrid shirt has only improve his standing as one of the best midfielders on the planet. Capable of playing in a deep-lying role charged with protecting the back four, or further up the pitch linking up with the attack, Khedira’s game is centered around fine athleticism and the ability to read the game faster than his opponents.
Though Arsenal already boast a midfield bursting at the seams with quality the ex-Vfb Stuttgart man would no doubt improve the solidity of the squad, and Wilshere could well find his position under threat if things turn out like the Express believe they will.