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Jack Wilshere would ruin his career by joining Manchester City

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A surprise report emerged at the weekend claiming Premier League champions Manchester City are planning a shock move for Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere - but for the sake of his own career the England international must avoid the temptation of a lucrative transfer to the Etihad Stadium.

In truth there's little chance of the move happening. Wilshere is not just an Arsenal player, he's a die-hard fan of the club he joined at the tender age of nine.

The 23-year-old has watched on as the likes of Robin van Persie, Samir Nasri, Cesc Fabregas and Bacary Sagna all departed his beloved Gunners for pastures new - and you sense they all lost his respect the moment they left the Emirates Stadium.

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Two of those aforementioned players ended up at the Etihad Stadium - but all four had their reasons for leaving Arsenal.

Van Persie wanted to win trophies, Nasri likewise - although money may have played a bigger role in that particular move - Fabregas was desperate to return to his boyhood club, while Sagna wanted to embark on a new challenge after his contract expired.

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Grass is not always greener

But the grass isn't always greener.

Van Persie won the title in his first season with United - job done, some might say - but has severely regressed since Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement in 2013. Fabregas, meanwhile, surprisingly failed to win the hearts and minds of the Barcelona faithful and left the Camp Nou three years later.

Nasri has enjoyed success at City, winning the Premier League title on two occasions, but often finds himself in and out of the starting line-up. And the less said about Sagna's decision to join Manuel Pellegrini's side the better.

Wilshere is failing to fulfil his potential

Wilshere, like his former teammates, would also struggle to hold down a first-team place at the Etihad Stadium despite his undoubted talent.

The English central midfielder has still not come close to fulfilling his immense potential, but is fortunate that time is still on his side.

Wilshere - who burst onto the scene at the tender age of 17 and went on to produce a Man of the Match performance against Barcelona's star-studded midfield trio Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets three years later - has the potential to become England's best central midfielder since Paul Scholes.

But talent and potential is nothing without application, and Wilshere must begin to show more professionalism both on and off the pitch.

There have been several smoking incidents, footage of him showing Manchester City fans the middle finger and reports of nightclub bust-ups.

Arsenal is the perfect club for Wilshere - but he must knuckle down

The boys will be boys excuse doesn't wash; this is a player in an immensely privileged position who can become a genuine star of English football if he knuckles down.

Arsenal have shown immense faith in him since before he made his professional debut, and they can offer him everything he needs to become the superstar he should already be.

Wilshere would not be guaranteed first team football at Manchester City - there is too much competition for places and it could even be argued that he wouldn't suit their style of play.

A benched Jack Wilshere is bad news for everyone; and were he to make the move up north it would probably ruin his career.

The technically-gifted midfielder, blessed with that brillaint left foot, has the world at his feet at Arsenal - and it's about time he stopped taking that for granted.

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