Cundy: A loan away is the beginning of the end for Wilshere at Arsenal

From the sounds of things, it seems that Jack Wilshere has gone to Arsene Wenger to discuss his place in the side and been told there is no guarantee that he will get games at The Emirates.

Wilshere has had to make do with 2 appearances this season, off the bench for 20 minutes at the end of each game, and it appears that he has slipped down the pecking order to an astonishing 6th behind Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey, Ganit Xhaka, Francis Coquelin and possibly Mohamed Elneny.

I think this could be the beginning of the end for Wilshere at Arsenal. It isn’t often that you see a player of his stature and caliber go out on loan. Often loans are for fringe players and youngsters trying to gain experience, but in Wilshere’s case it’s because he just can’t get into the team. It appears that with his injury record Wenger can’t rely on him to include him in his long term plans, and with him no longer in Arsenal’s best XI his options are to sit on the bench or head out.

At 24, he has tons to offer so maybe a move away from Arsenal is best? Out of the England squad and out of the Arsenal team, this will come as a wake up call to the midfielder. Away from North London he can get a run of games under his belt, as well as perhaps improve his fitness given the much storied problems Arsenal have with injuries. His career has ground to a halt, starting just 29 games since 13/14, now he can get his head down and rebuild. This could be a sliding doors moment for him; the making or breaking of Wilshere as a player.

The question is now where does he go if he is to go on loan? A move abroad may actually benefit him as his style is suited to the continental game, whilst domestically a manager like Ronald Koeman at Everton could prove an excellent teacher for him, whilst a move to West Ham keeps him in London as well as in a good side and under a good manager. Where ever he goes there won’t be a shortage of takers domestically or abroad.

As an interesting aside we often criticise English players for not going abroad, but now we could see two high profile players head to the continent in this transfer window; but not to test the waters but because they can’t get a game at their clubs!

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