Fresh off another downer of a game this Saturday where he couldn’t notch his first goal or assist for Bournemouth yet, Jack Wilshere’s name is in the press again and, unfortunately for him and his fans, it doesn’t point to a move back to Arsenal but rather to an Italian giant instead.
The England and Bournemouth midfielder is coming round to accepting his future lies away from Arsenal.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger allowed frustrated Wilshere to go out on loan at the beginning of the season, choosing the Cherries, ahead of West Ham, Milan and Roma. But Milan have let it be known they are still interested in Wilshere, 24, and are ready to try to land him in the summer, when he will have just a year left on his Gunners contract.
Why it makes sense: A fresh start away from the sometimes crippling pressure cooker that is the Premier League, especially when you’re a former wonderkid with the world’s expectations on your shoulder. AC Milan is in a transitioning period but they have some interesting pieces and a midfield which could use someone with his skillset. They’ll also likely have the funds to buy him as they’ve been taken over by a wealthy Chinese conglomerate recently.
Why it doesn’t make sense: Uhh, well, Arsene maybe still values a midfielder with a pulse? Honestly, there isn’t much reason to hold on to him aside from sentimental value and the fleeting hope that he’ll build on that one Barcelona game from years ago. Yes, almost all of us wanted to see him thrive at this club but it’s looking more and more likely that he’ll be viewed as expendable given the surplus of midfielders already at the club and in his role.
Take this report with a massive grain of salt as it’s only November and The Daily Star isn’t exactly foolproof in its transfer stories, but it is conceivable that Jack has played his last game for Arsenal and AC Milan does seem like a landing spot which suits his profile.