Arsene Wenger has resolved to drop his long-standing interest in Sami Khedira and Morgan Schneiderlin, and will instead resort to using Jack Wilshere in the holding role of his midfield, according to the Daily Mirror.
The publication claims that the Frenchman will give the England international the chance to become the main man next season, despite the fact that he was only recently pictured smoking in Las Vegas. It’s said that Wilshere is to be given a shot at the defensive midfielder position, even though Wenger was reportedly keen to spend a large portion of his summer transfer budget on recruiting a top European start such as Madrid’s Khedira.
The German international, along with compatriot Lars Bender and Southampton’s Schneiderlin has long evoked the intrigue of the Gunners boss but, with his attempts to make headway in any sort of purchase having been rebuffed so far, it appears as though Wenger will turn his attentions far closer to home.
If Wenger does indeed decide to use Wilshere in said role then it will definitely mean that the 22-year-old has to up his game. Having been criticised in recent times for not having developed at the rate many expected him to, the Arsenal midfielder has a point to prove in the coming campaign and will be vying to ensure that he maintains parity with the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla when it comes to endearment from the stands.
There’s no doubting that Wilshere has excellent potential, but he now needs to ensure that his attitude and work ethic fall in line with his ability on the pitch. The decision from Wenger to utilise him in so a major role will be seen by many as a huge show of faith, and the youngster needs to repay it.
Wilshere the leader?
Having progressed at the Emirates Stadium from an early age, and allowed Wenger to oversee the majority of his development thus far, it makes sense to assume that Wilshere could one day be named captain of the first-team. His natural ability means that he’s certainly good enough, and if he can iron out the flaws in his game then there’s few who would begrudge him the armband in years to come.
With that in mind perhaps Wenger’s decision to install him as an alternative to the likes of Khedira and Bender is one made with the future in mind, rather than one fixated on the present. A deeper role will allow him time to try his hand in a position few would have recommended for him otherwise, whilst also providing the club with another option to protect the back four given the fact that they already have a surplus of creative talent.