Arsene Wenger has had plenty to say about Jack Wilshere in recent weeks.
This is of course in light of the midfielder’s shock deadline day move to Bournemouth in a season-long loan deal. It looks set to prove a breakthrough for a player who has bobbed in and out of the Arsenal team for six years.
However, Wenger has referred to Wilshere in a rather unexpected terms this week and it doesn’t regard the player’s south coast switch. The Frenchman, unbelievably, sees the 24-year-old as a future boss at the Emirates.
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Since emerging as one of the most exciting young stars of the Premier League in 2010, Wilshere has never truly lived up to expectations.
Marred by injuries and spells of poor form, the Englishman has struggled to nail down a regular place in the Arsenal starting XI. The same can be said of his international career, which has routinely switched between promising and downright disappointing.
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Consequently, his loan move to Bournemouth seems something of an overdue move from Wenger. After all, Wilshere’s progress has been stagnating if anything else in being played around with in north London.
Nevertheless, it’s become clear that Arsenal’s French manager still highly rates his tenacious midfielder. Surprisingly, as a manager as well as a player.
Future Arsenal boss
Despite his age, occasionally erratic decision-making and generally questionable attitude choices, Wilshere has been put forward by Wenger. It’s certainly proven a surprising suggestion.
Of all the players in Arsenal’s thronged squad, as far as future managers of the north London side goes, for many, Wilshere would be nowhere near the top of the list.
Nonetheless, Wenger has stuck his neck out and stated: “Certainly one day he will be in my seat.
"He has a real football brain and understands football. You know really, it’s in his genes.
“I see him in the future at this club of course. He will spend his life in football, he is a football man.
“He has an eye on everybody, it’s in him. You have that or you haven’t got it, but he is a real football man.”
So, there you have it, Wilshere could be the man pulling the strings at Arsenal in the not too distant future. Numerous supporters will undoubtedly view this as a scary thought, but Wenger sees it differently.
However, before the 24-year-old even begins thinking about a possible managerial venture, he needs to ensure he gets his playing career back on track. At Bournemouth, he has the perfect opportunity to do so.
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