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Ray Parlour refuses to rule out Jack Wilshere leaving Arsenal

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Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour has suggested there is a good chance that Jack Wilshere could leave the Emirates Stadium this summer, despite Arsene Wenger insisting that the 23-year-old is not for sale.

Speaking to talkSPORT's Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show, the Gunners fans favourite said the England international might consider a move should the club sign another player in his position in the next transfer window.

Wilshere has struggled to cement his place in Arsenal's starting XI over the past couple of seasons after failing to maintain his fitness and form, and could be forced to quit north London to secure more regular action.

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The Daily Mail reported earlier this week that Manchester City are interested in acquiring Wilshere's signature, and Parlour believes he'd have a better chance of establishing himself in the first-team.

"If Arsene Wenger signs another midfielder, you have to think Jack will look at the situation and think 'am I really going to play here?'

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"I think with Manchester City at the moment, he would."

Wilshere would not be the first player to swap Arsenal for Manchester City, of course, with Kolo Toure, Gael Clichy, Samir Nasri and most recently Bacary Sagna all previously swapping the capital for the Etihad Stadium in years gone by.

And, with competition for places in the Gunners midfield line-up arguably tougher than Manuel Pellegrini's current options there's definitely a case to argue the Three Lions ace would benefit from a transfer north.

Wilshere is currently working his way back from injury but is nearing a return to full fitness. He's set sights on making a first-team comeback before the end of the campaign, but might struggle to break back into the senior side given the fine form of his team-mates.

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