Xavi encourages Jack Wilshere to leave Arsenal on loan

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Jack Wilshere's immediate future has taken a huge twist in the last 24 hours and he now looks increasingly likely to spend this season away from the Emirates.

Last term saw Wilshere spend more time in the physio room than minutes on the pitch and the summer arrival of Granit Xhaka has pushed the England international even further down the pecking order.

Although no move away from Arsenal is currently in the offing, Arsene Wenger has given Wilshere his blessing to find a new club to move on loan to.

It is thought the 24-year-old needs regular playing time to get his career back on track - a theory supported by Spain's legendary midfielder Xavi.

The former Barcelona star has hailed Wilshere as the 'future of English football' in the past but now thinks the midfielder needs to be in a team where he is guaranteed to be playing every week.

In an interview with Goal, Xavi said: "A loan move can be a good move for him.

"He needs to be playing, he needs to build up his fitness, and if he can do that I am sure he will still have a big career at Arsenal."

Wilshere has made just two substitute appearances for the Gunners so far this season and despite the transfer window closing on Wednesday, Xavi believes he shouldn't rush into joining the first club who make him an offer.

"It's important that he is loaned to a club that try and play football. Arsenal have a philosophy similar to Barcelona's in their approach to the game - and he should be loaned to a club who want to keep the ball and share that vision," he added.

"He is a young player still, and if he can put the injuries behind him, there is no reason why he still can't be one of the best midfield players in Europe."

The Arsenal midfielder made his debut for the club eight years ago but has struggled to stay fit for an entire season to reach his full potential.

And now he has actually been able to stay injury-free for the start of a campaign, increased competition in the squad's midfield has proven another stumbling block in a career of frustration.

Xavi also revealed his disappointment at Wilshere's stuttering progress but insisted Arsenal's current No. 10 still has the ability to become one of the game's greats.

The 36-year-old continued: "You never want to see a player struggle with many injuries, but when you see a player of Wilshere's ability and technique struggle, it is very frustrating because it is so obvious what he is capable of.

"I have played against him, and he has the ability to be able to control games from midfield. Not many players in Europe have that ability."

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