Jack Wilshere's Arsenal future is in doubt, after being shipped out on loan to Bournemouth for the season.
Injuries and lack of game time had left the Gunners with little option but to send the England international out on loan, in a move that shocked football fans up and down the country.
The 24-year-old's unexpected deadline day move to the south coast took many by surprise, and former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp admitted on Saturday he can't see a future for Wilshere at the Emirates.
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“I don’t see a future [for Wilshere] at Arsenal any more. I think now he’ll realise he has to get away from Arsenal." said Redknapp, as per Goal.
“It’s too comfortable for him there. He is not going to get into the team at Arsenal.”
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Looking at the amount of appearances the midfielder made for the Gunners last season makes for tough reading; having just featured three times in the Premier League. And Saturday's draw against Tottenham was the first time Wilshere had completed a full 90 minutes in over two years.
However, Wilshere has hit back at Redknapp's comments and assists his sole focus is on performing well for Bournemouth and ensuring Eddie Howe's side improve on their 16th-placed finish last campaign.
“I’m just trying to get back to what I was, enjoying my football and playing week-in, week-out and today was a massive step towards that." said Wilshere.
“I’ve not really thought about that so how other people can comment on it...
“If he [Redknapp] doesn’t see me going back to Arsenal then that’s up to him. He’s entitled to his opinion but I haven’t thought about that.”
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger's personal future at the Emirates is also in doubt, meaning Wilshere's career in north London may not only be decided by his performances for the Cherries, but also by where the Frenchman finds himself come the end of the season.
But there remains to be a divide in fans' opinions of the Arsenal academy graduate, who spent time on loan at Bolton Wanderers during 2010.
Wilshere has yet to seriously prove why he was so highly rated as a youngster, however, the second loan spell of his career is seemingly more of a shot at redemption than making a name for himself.
Eddie Howe, meanwhile, would openly welcome the opportunity to keep Wilshere at Dean Court on a permanent basis, should Arsenal finally decide to part ways with a player who was once regarded as one of the brightest young midfielders in the country.
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