Jack Wilshere shocked a lot of people when he opted to join Bournemouth on loan for the season on transfer deadline day in the summer.
With reports claiming that he had several offers on the table from bigger clubs both home and abroad, he made the executive decision to head somewhere he knew he'd see more action.
And following a few hurdles at the start of the campaign, he has now got himself into the Cherries first team on a regular basis and is now enjoyed an extended run of games.
However, given the amount of injury setbacks he's suffered over the years, it's taken him a while to get back to the levels that earned him so many plaudits during the early stages of his career.
And while he is yet to reach those levels, he can at least take solace in the fact that he is enjoying his football once again.
His performances have managed to see him recalled to the England squad for the World Cup qualifier against Scotland and the friendly against Spain, but in an interview with The Telegraph he admitted that his future at parent club Arsenal is still far from clear.
Having watched how the club have moved on and progressed without him, he confirmed that a permanent move away from north London could be on the cards in the near future.
"Of course I love Arsenal, but if there comes a time when I have to leave, then I have to leave,” he said. “If I go back and I’m still not playing then, of course, I will have to think about things.
“But at the moment I’m concentrating on Bournemouth. I want to put myself in a position where I go back next year and I’m a better player and I can play week in, week-out.”
Making up for lost time
Wilshere has so far made eight appearances for Bournemouth this term, already eclipsing the three he made for Arsenal during the 2015/16 campaign.
But his time at the club has been seemingly blighted by an endless stream of setbacks and fitness problems, and since breaking into the squad at the tender age of 18 in the 2008/09 season, he has managed to turn out 159 times for Arsene Wenger's men.
He will still have a long way to go before he can get back to his best, but like the loan spell he enjoyed with Bolton in 2009/10, spending time with a smaller club where the pressure won't be as suffocating could do him the world of good
But the real test will come when he returns to Arsenal, as Wenger may have decided that he has no place for him after all.
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