Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is poised to have showdown talks with Jack Wilshere in the next few days, following the midfielder having been pictured smoking whilst on holiday in Las Vegas.
A report in the Daily Express includes information which alludes to the fact that the Frenchman will meet with the England international to discuss his behaviour, although it has previously been stated that he will face no official sanctions or punishments. The incident marked the second time in nine months that Wilshere has been snapped with a cigarette, sparking a hot debate as to whether or not he should be penalised for setting a bad example.
Former Gunners boss George Graham recently slammed the 22-year-old’s behaviour, before pleading with Wenger to read him the riot act. Now, though probably of his own accord, Wenger is set to do just that.
It’s said that the Frenchman will sit down with Wilshere to discuss matters, and is likely to tell him in no uncertain terms that it must not happen again. Though the youngster was technically on his holiday, and therefore not representing the club in any official capacity, he remains an ambassador due to his reputable status, and Wenger has in the past expressed annoyance when his players do things likely to negatively impact on their health.
Of course there’s little chance that Wilshere’s claim for a first-team place at the Emirates Stadium will be under duress thanks to his repeat offence, but if Wenger is forced to choose between him and the other midfielders when it comes to dropping personnel to make room for either Sami Khedira and Lars Bender, then perhaps it may count against him.
Regardless of that though the 64-year-old must have been impressed with his player’s response, as Wilshere returned three-days early to pre-season training following the emerge of said picture. Most likely done as an attempt to defy critics who believe he is not yet mature enough to demand a spot in Wenger’s first XI, the obvious attempt to show his commitment to the cause soon went viral, after he was pictured alongside a recovering Theo Walcott.
Yet there remains portions of footballing fans who see Wilshere as a player who hasn’t lived up to his billing as England’s next big thing. Despite having been a regular in the Arsenal set up for four seasons now he is often accused of under performing in big matches, and the colossal campaign enjoyed by Aaron Ramsey last season did little to paper over the cracks with regards to Wilshere’s inconsistent showings.
Is Wenger right to be having talks with him? Will Wilshere go on to realise his undoubted potential? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below...
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