Jack Wilshere’s loan move to Bournemouth on deadline day has certainly got the football world talking.
Some think it’s a brilliant decision from Wilshere, moving to a decent footballing side to play regular first-team football before coming back to the Gunners in great shape. While others think that the move is merely the first step towards a permanent departure from Arsenal.
Well, according to The Sun, it could well be the latter of the two theories.
They are claiming that Wenger told Wilshere that he is playing for his Arsenal future in a phone call before he went out on loan and the club have reportedly confirmed the pair had a “grown up” phone conversation regarding Wilshere’s future.
Wenger is well aware that the loan move must be a success if Wilshere is to have a future at the north London club.
The report says that Wenger was actually reluctant to allow Wilshere to go out on loan but, after the midfielder requested the move after being left out of Sam Allardyce’s first England squad last Sunday, the manager realised how important this move is for the 24-year-old.
Wilshere missed almost the entirety of last season through injury, making just three appearances towards the end of the campaign. As a result, he has fallen down the pecking order at the Emirates with the likes of Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey, Mohamed Elneny, Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin all vying for a central midfield position.
Wilshere has only played 37 minutes of Premier League football this season, making substitute appearances against Leicester and Watford but will be hoping to start consistently under Eddie Howe at Bournemouth.
One thing is for sure, Wenger will be keeping a very close eye on how he’s getting on. If he doesn’t impress, we may have seen Wilshere in an Arsenal shirt for the last time.