Departing Arsenal midfielder warns Jack Wilshere 'might not get a game' this season

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He might not have been able to fully justify his inclusion in England's Euro 2016 squad, but at least Arsenal fans can take solace in the fact that Jack Wilshere made it through the tournament injury-free.

Having watched the combative midfielder make just three appearances in the Premier League last season, the Gunners faithful are certainly hoping to see a lot more of him during the 2016/17 campaign.

That might not be quite so simple, however, even if the 24-year-old is able to keep himself away from the treatment table. Indeed, in the words of recently departed youngster Isaac Hayden, Wilshere might struggle to get any game time at Arsenal at all.


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"Training with players like Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere will only help you,” said Hayden to the Shields Gazette, when reflecting on his recent move from Arsenal to Newcastle United.

“It won’t hinder you. I’ve got a lot to thank Arsenal for – I was there for eight years...It was a good time, but it’s the time to move on, this is the right place."

Hayden, 21, who made his first-team debut for Arsenal in 2013 but only made two appearances before joining Newcastle this summer on a five-year deal, clearly appreciated the opportunity to work with a myriad of top midfield talent.


He did, though, bemoan the fact that Arsene Wenger has too many options at the position - a fact, he argued, that could leave his fellow Englishman out in the cold:

"For me there was no chance for me at Arsenal," he said.

“There are too many midfielders there, and even players like Jack Wilshere might not get a game next season."


Wilshere, of course, will be hoping Hayden's ominous warning doesn't hold true when the new season gets underway next month.

With the likes of Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla, Mohamed Elneny and Francis Coquelin all capable of playing centrally, not to mention new signing Granit Xhaka, the England midfielder is going to face some extremely stiff competition if he wants to see playing time.

He has, though, always been a favourite of Wenger's so he will be hoping to win a place in the starting lineup.

Wilshere's chances of doing that could have been helped by news that Arsenal plan to rest their Euro 2016 contingent for four weeks and could opt not to use them for the season-opener against Liverpool.

That would open the door for the 24-year-old to stake his claim in the Gunners XI - something the departed Hayden was never close to achieving.

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