Paul Merson has claimed that Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere needs to move abroad to rejuvenate his career for both club and country, after being overlooked by Gareth Southgate for his international squad.
Arsenal have been in stuttering form in the Premier League of late as they have found consistency very hard to come by. A number of wins is always followed by a demoralising loss, which undoes all of the good work they have been doing.
Their last defeat was in an away game against Manchester City, and the 3-1 scoreline flattered the London side, with City creating a lot of chances, but showing an uncharacteristically wasteful side to their game.
The loss means the Gunners are now 12 points short of the leaders, while they have also slipped three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea. Last weekend was one to forget for Arsenal then, and the international break came at the perfect time, allowing Wenger and his team to regroup.
One player that was left massively disappointed by the break though was Jack Wilshere. The midfielder has not figured often for the Gunners in the legaue, but he has been utilised in the Europa League. instead
However, this was not enough to get him a place in Southgate’s England side, which led Paul Merson to tell Sky Sports:”I don’t think Jack is a ten. I think he is a deeper player, but he is not playing deeper. You’d have to ask Arsene [Wenger] why that was”.
“He [Southgate] has called up Jack Cork, who I like and think is a good player, but Jack Wilshere has got to move. The way he plays, I think going abroad probably suits him and his game, otherwise he is going to go to a relegation-battling team, and that is not his game”.
“He needs to get on the ball and play football and be in a team that really are going to have a lot more of the ball than not. So probably abroad to an AC Milan or somewhere like that”.
Wilshere has been plagued by injuries in recent years, stunting his development massively. With a World Cup to come next summer, unless Wilshere can get into the Arsenal team soon and stay there, then a move abroad may be his only option.