Jack Wilshere has been advised to leave Arsenal by former Gunners ace Stewart Robson, who feels the young midfielder would benefit more at either Chelsea or Manchester City.
The controversial claim comes via talkSPORT where Robson, who played for Arsenal from 1981 to 1986 made clear his views that Wilshere had hit a roof at his current club.
The 23-year-old has been plagued by injuries for the majority of his career in north London and has come under criticism in patches for allowing his form to abandon him. On his day Wilshere is a smart central midfielder who can dictate play and control the tempo of fixtures, but the player who many expected to be a lynchpin of Arsene Wenger’s side by now has seen his career stall.
And now, somewhat surprisingly, Robson has revealed his belief that Wilshere should not only look to pastures new but push for a move to one of Arsenal’s biggest Premier League rivals.
Time to leave?
“I think it is the right time for Jack Wilshere to leave," Robson said.
“He will learn more about the game if he went to either Man City or Chelsea. He would learn the defensive side of the game, as well as the attacking side of the game. He would a better all-round player.
“He can still be one of England’s top internationals for years to come of he gets the right tuition.”
It’s safe to say the 50-year-old’s comments will evoke some serious criticism from Arsenal fans, whilst also bemusing most neutrals. City have a terrible record when it comes to aiding the development of young English players and Chelsea’s midfield looks perfectly tied up thanks to the partnership of Francesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic.
What’s more Wilshere has never implied that he’s anything but happy with Arsenal, and he has plenty of time yet to prove that Wenger’s faith in him thus far has been well advised. The Frenchman will certainly be hoping that the England international doesn’t abandon him in a shock move this summer, lest he be forced to bring in two midfielders as opposed to one.
Recent rumours have heard it said that Borussia Dortmund star Ilkay Gundogan is being lined up as a summer transfer target for the Gunners, with it having been confirmed over the weekend by the Bundesliga club’s sporting director Michael Zorc that the Germany international would indeed be leaving for a new team.
Another option is Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin, who pushed for a St. Mary’s Stadium exit last summer only to be denied by Ronald Koeman and the Saints’ chiefs. It should be easier for Wenger to prise him away this summer, though he won’t relish the task of getting two high-quality midfielders, even with the money he’d make from Wilshere’s sale.
Arsenal fans, do you think Wilshere should look to leave the club? Can he still go down as a great player for your team? Let us know your thoughts on the matter in the comments box below.
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