Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere has admitted that he doesn’t know where his long term future will be.
The 24 year old joined AFC Bournemouth on transfer deadline day, opting for a move to the south coast to work with Eddie Howe ahead of opportunities to join Crystal Palace or move to Italy with both Roma and AC Milan reportedly interested.
Wilshere told the Daily Mail…
‘It was the Monday and the transfer window was closing on the Wednesday so we didn’t have long to sort something out. But I’d decided that I couldn’t have a season where I’m not starting. I spoke to the boss (Arsene Wenger) and he said, ‘You will play’. But I wanted more than that. I want to play week in, week out, be an important player for the team.
‘I’m at my best when I’m playing regularly, when people are relying on me and I’m an important member of the team. I said to the boss, ‘You know what kind of player I am, what type of character I am, I need to play, it would be best if I leave…’
‘…Once I’d spoken to Eddie (Howe) I made my mind up. There was something about him that made me feel I wanted to work with him…’
The season long loan signing of Wilshere was one of the biggest coups in the Cherries history and his arrival has coincided with a turn in form for the Cherries.
Wilshere has thus far made seven Premier League appearances for the Cherries, winning 3, drawing 2 and twice.
Against Tottenham he completed his first 90 minutes of football in over two years a feat he repeated in the defeat to Middlesbrough on Saturday.
Overall Wilshere has impressed, providing a great partnership with Harry Arter in the heart of the Cherries midfield.
But at the end of the season Wilshere is set to return to Arsenal, where he doesn’t know if he still has a future.
‘…Life is different down here. Bournemouth has everything Arsenal has, in terms of facilities at the training ground but it’s a bit cosier. The chef cooks good food. All the staff have been great to me. And the manager, for me, is one of the best. He’s always on the training pitch…
‘…I haven’t really thought about my future beyond getting a season under my belt and just trying to improve as a player,’
‘To be honest your question is a hard question to answer because I don’t know what to say. I genuinely don’t know if I am going to end up at Arsenal or somewhere else…’
Wilshere is still not firing on all cylinders, but when he does and his passes are more clinical Wilson etc will benefit. – Join the conversation here.
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