Keown: Wilshere loan has helped Arsenal duo

Arsenal legend Martin Keown believes the loan exit of Jack Wilshere from north London has helped one particular duo stake their claims for leading roles in the Gunners’ set-up.

Wilshere was a surprise exit on Deadline Day, leaving on-loan to spend the season with Bournemouth, and Keown, writing for the The Daily Mail, has said that it’s been a good thing for Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Oxlade-Chamberlain put in a Man of the Match performance against Reading in midweek, hitting both goals in a 2-0 victory that saw the England international record his best-ever season tally in front of goal for the Gunners.

Meanwhile, Walcott has been a regular fixture in the first-team and has put in regular star performances, leading the Londoners’ scoring charts with eight goals.

The duo have finally lived up to expectations at the early stage of this season and Keown believes Wilshere’s exit has played a huge part in the duo’s resurgence.

“I would suggest that Jack Wilshere going on loan to Bournemouth has spurred on both Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott,”

“What Arsene Wenger did in letting Jack go was very healthy – it allowed Alex and Theo to have a good look at themselves. They will have thought that they needed to start performing or they wouldn’t be at the club, either.”

Should the pair keep up their performances, they will continue to be a crucial part of Arsenal’s line-up and Arsene Wenger will hope Jack Wilshere will enjoy a similar resurgence next season when he returns from his year on loan with the Cherries.