Has Wenger made the right call with Wilshere?

Jack Wilshere has become one of the great young hopes in English football, with Arsenal and especially England fans pinning their hopes on him becoming a great player for both club and country. This season could be an important one for the starlet, at 18 years of age he will feel he needs to playing regular football, and most probably believes he has the quality to do so. If Wilshere is to play regular Premier League football, one may first assume that going on loan would be the best bet for this to happen. Jack Wilshere made a loan move in the second half of last season, joining up with Owen Coyle at Bolton Wanderers. The loan was a success for the player and Bolton; he was a regular in the side and performed impressively, bagging his first league goal into the bargain as well. Many would have assumed that Wilshere would be sent out on loan this season as well, but Arsene Wenger has recently quashed any thought of this.

The Daily Mirror has quoted Wenger as stating “No. Wilshere will not be going out on loan this season. I will keep him here.”

That’s than then, Wilshere will be staying at Arsenal. The Gunners boss obviously believes that Wilshere has the quality to play in the first team and that his development will be better aided at Arsenal. The question is though, will Wilshere play regularly? The answer is that he may well not. Barring injuries to first team players, Wilshere will most likely play the odd game, come on as a substitute and play in the Carling Cup. This might prove frustrating for Wilshere, Arsenal fans and England supporters. Jack Wilshere knows he has immense ability, and he will feel sitting on the bench will not be of benefit to him. He will want to playing, and if he can’t do that at Arsenal then he would probably prefer to go on loan again. If Wilshere is to play regularly for Arsenal this season, he is going to have to perform to a very high standard.

England supporters and Fabio Capello will also be holding the breath for the youngster. Capello has already earmarked the teenager as a player he will consider as he looks to get his management back on track. England fans meanwhile, cited him as someone who will provide England with technical excellence in a team that betrayed a distinct lack of it in the disastrous World Cup campaign. Whilst staying at Arsenal means Wilshere might find first team opportunities hard to come by, conversely it could be the best thing for him. Wilshere will be given a chance, and if he performs then he will play, simple as that. If by chance he is playing regular football for Arsenal, then it would be brilliant for his club career and his future international one. He will be playing amongst superb technical players in a team challenging at the top of the league, and what better way to develop is there than that. Arsenal and England fans will be hoping that Wilshere can do what Rooney did at Manchester United as an 18 year-old; play out of his skin and force his name onto the team sheet. If he does that, Arsenal and England fans will be delighted.


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