For a lot of reasons, Jack Wilshere can’t get a game at Arsenal these days. He played in yesterday’s Europa League loss, and has played in the League Cup and made a few substitute appearances in the Premier League, but the Wilsh isn’t getting regular playing time any more, and that state of affairs is starting to damage his international career.
He hasn’t played for England since they lost to Iceland last summer, which is also the last time Roy Hodgson coached England. Hodgson has since moved on to Crystal Palace, and it’s at Palace that Hodgson seems to think Wilshere can find a home, play regularly, and re-establish his England bona fides.
It would be a big shift for Wilshere to go to a club fighting relegation, but a move like that might be the spark he needs to reignite his career and play every game. Wilshere leaving Arsenal would be mildly sad, but not a crushing blow - he’s always fallen into the category of players I don’t love but also don’t wish ill, so hopefully if he goes to Palace, or to West Ham, or to any of a handful of clubs that would undoubtedly be interested in a 25 year old English midfielder, he’ll stay healthy and do well. I just feel like that time for him at Arsenal has passed.