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Bournemouth send Jack Wilshere back to Arsenal

The injured loanee has returned to Arsenal

Tottenham Hotspur v AFC Bournemouth - Premier League Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Jack Wilshere has returned to Arsenal from Bournemouth. Wilshere, who suffered injury last month, began his rehabilitation at Bournemouth, but has now returned to Arsenal, where he’ll continue his efforts to recover from injury ahead of next season. As for where Wilshere will be spending next season, Bournemouth is unlikely, with manager Eddie Howe saying “I think that’s going to be really difficult for us.” Indeed, Howe seemed to close the book on Wilshere’s time at the club, saying “I wish him well for the future.”

Wilshere’s loan started brightly, but he lost his place in the side as Howe sought to strengthen the team defensively, with Dan Gosling and Andrew Surman offering greater security, and Harry Arter offering more in terms of goal contributions. Wilshere, who ostensibly went out on loan to get playing time so he could get back into the England team, has not returned to the England team, and with his contract set to run out next summer, his future is in doubt. He is not the same player he was in 2011, with injuries having taken their toll, and it has gone quiet on Arsenal offering the player a new contract, with more of the club’s focus on Alexis Sánchez, Mesut Özil, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and the manager’s contract, whether that be Arsene Wenger or someone else.