It seems as though every football fan has an opinion on Jack Wilshere’s loan move to Bournemouth.
Some have heralded it as a good move for the midfielder, while others believe that it’s just the first step towards a permanent move away from Arsenal.
One man that certainly thinks the former is Jamie Carragher.
The ex-Liverpool and England defender, turned football expert, has spoken of his delight that the 24-year-old has decided to find regular first-team football, rather than remain at Arsenal.
In fact, Carragher is so pleased with Wilshere’s decision that he believes there are two further players at the north London club who should follow suit next summer.
“The transfer window created many talking points but the deal I was happiest to see completed was Jack Wilshere’s move to Bournemouth,” he wrote in his Daily Mail column.
“Wilshere needed to get away from Arsenal. This time next year, the same comment may apply to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott.
“I still don’t know what Oxlade-Chamberlain’s best position is. Is he a centre midfielder or a wide man? He has started the season well but can he sustain it?"
Carragher continued: “As for Walcott, he is in the ludicrous position of wanting to be considered as a wide player even though Arsene Wenger was talking him up in the summer as being a striker.
“It can’t keep happening. Arsenal have got too many players who are at an age where they should be playing regularly to let us know how good they are. They are in a comfort blanket and getting away from that environment is for the best.
“Perhaps in the future Oxlade-Chamberlain and Walcott will follow his lead. This is a make-or-break campaign for them. If it doesn’t work out, it would be best to try something new.”
Arsenal supporters are likely to agree with Carragher’s comments with the Southampton duo failing to nail down a regular first-team spot at the Emirates since arriving.
Chamberlain has made 100 league appearances since arriving in 2011 but has only managed to score eight times during that time - a poor return from an attack-minded midfielder.
Walcott has been at the club for more than 10 years now and Arsene Wenger still doesn’t seem to know his best position. The England international is now 27-years-old and has failed to reach the potential he showed whilst at Southampton.
If Wilshere’s move to Bournemouth is a success, then don’t be surprised to see the likes of Oxlade-Chamberlain and Walcott following Carragher’s advice and leaving Arsenal for a new challenge.
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