Ray Wilkins names the player who should replace Mesut Ozil at Arsenal - Twitter reacts

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Jack Wilshere and Mesut Ozil's Arsenal careers have taken two hugely different directions in recent seasons.

While Ozil has grown to become one of the Gunners' most important players, Wilshere now finds himself out on loan at Bournemouth, after falling down the pecking order under Arsene Wenger.

It may well not be the end for Wilshere at Arsenal, but he certainly is some way off the level of the Germany midfielder, who topped the Premier League assist charts last campaign.


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The Gunners' academy product has settled well on the south coast, featuring ten times in the league for the Cherries so far this season.

However, while Wenger may be seeing promising signs from the 24-year-old on the south coast, he will undoubtedly not share the same view as former Chelsea coach turned pundit Ray Wilkins.

As per the Mirror, Wilkins shockingly claimed that Wenger should offload Ozil - who has been locked in ongoing contract talks with Arsenal - and replace him with Wilshere, whom he believes can become even better than the Germany international.

"I’d have Sanchez, all day long," said Wilkins, who was discussing the ongoing transfer saga involving Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.

"I’d bring Jack Wilshere back and let Ozil go.

"I think Jack is thoroughly enjoying himself at Bournemouth. He is actually playing week in, week out and you can see the progress he is making.

"Thankfully he is over the injury problems he has had in the past.

"I think Jack Wilshere could be the equal of Ozil, if not better.

"He has a total commitment around the pitch. Ozil has wonderful touches but when he plays against the big teams sometimes you see him go missing."

Below expectations

Wilshere has yet to truly live up to expectations since breaking into Wenger's first team back in the 2010/11 season, and the thought of Arsenal letting go of one of their standout performers in recent seasons is not even something Gunners fans are considering.

Unfortunately for Wilkins, Sanchez is some way off agreeing a new deal with Arsenal, while Ozil is reportedly happy in London and close to agreeing new terms.

So the reality of Ozil being shipped out to make way for an Arsenal player whose career in north London has been hampered by injuries is even less likely, regardless of Wilkins' comments.

But as we all know too well, such absurd comments are usually discussed on social media.

Here's how Twitter reacted:

Wilshere's primary objective will be to ensure Bournemouth maintain their Premier League status for a third season, rather than helping Arsenal to challenge for the title - as he would have anticipated doing during pre-season.

It would be reasonable to believe that Wilkins may look back on his comments and feel rather silly. The Bournemouth loanee still has a lot to prove to Wenger upon his return at the end of the campaign.

Can Jack Wilshere return to Arsenal from Bournemouth an improved player? Have your say in the comment box below.

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