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Jack Wilshere could be allowed to leave Arsenal

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Jack Wilshere’s Arsenal career is on the brink of being over according to none other than Mr. Arsene Wenger. Wilshere, following being loaned out to Eddie Howe’s relegation-battling Bournemouth, had been expected to challenge for game time during the League Cup and Europa League, but fresh comments from Wenger will throw that in doubt:

That decision [Wilshere staying] is not completely made. I want him to have a chance to play somewhere as well.

Given Wenger’s propensity to insist that everyone is staying (Wenger even said that Lucas Perez would remain part of the squad last week), a public admittance that Wilshere could leave does not bode well for his future. It’d be a disappointing end for a player who had the potential that he had, but injuries, form and decision-making have taken their toll, with Wenger apparently unimpressed not only with Wilshere’s form at Bournemouth last season, but also with his desire to leave for a lesser side rather than challenge for a place in the squad last season after he had been left out of Sam Allardyce’s England side. Wilshere, incidentally, has not returned to the England side, even after a change of manager.