Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez aren’t the only big-name Arsenal players out of contact this summer.
Jack Wilshere, who the Gunners’ faithful are all desperate to see succeed at the Emirates Stadium, has six months left on his current deal and is free to speak to other clubs.
The 26-year-old admitted in November that he might need to leave Arsenal in January to boost his chances of making the England squad for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia, conceding that he’d asked Arsene Wenger for an ‘honest’ conversation about his future.
Two months later, however, and Wilshere has managed to resurrect his Arsenal career thanks to a series of impressive performances.
The latest came in the 2-2 draw against Chelsea on Wednesday night. It was the classy central midfielder who broke the deadlock with a fierce strike which flew past Thibaut Courtois at the Chelsea goalkeeper’s near post.
Wilshere wants place in England's World Cup squad
Wilshere admitted after the match that there has been “no progress” regarding a new contract, but reiterated his desire to make England’s World Cup squad.
“I want to be going to Russia but now is not the time to be thinking about that,” Wilshere was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
"We've got to take each game as it comes, keep playing in this time, keep improving and we'll see what comes in March for the next international games."
Gary Neville drops several honest tweets about Wilshere
Daily Mail journalist Ian Ladyman took to Twitter to express his belief that Wilshere isn’t ready for England at this moment in time.
“Sorry but don't think Wilshere is England ready yet. Lots of hype about him but he's not one of our best 11. Not yet. Would like to see him control a game. Didn't do that tonight but he was decent and scored a good goal.”
However, this prompted a response from former Manchester United captain Gary Neville, who tweeted: “The worry Ian he’s the only England midfielder who you could even suggest could “ Control “ a game . Others have differing qualities but not one of them would ever be able to control a game !”
When you look at England’s other midfielders, it’s hard to disagree.
Jordan Henderson, Dele Alli, Adam Lallana, Eric Dier and the like all have their own individual qualities, but can they dictate the tempo of a match from midfield? No.
Two who may be able to in the future are Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Harry Winks but both are still young and learning their trade.
Neville then responded to a Twitter user who claimed that England have many players capable of controlling games.
“England don’t have one player like him!!” he replied.
But Neville did concede that Wilshere’s fitness could be an issue by the time the World Cup gets underway later this year.
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