According to the Mirror, Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is set to leave the Gunners on a free transfer after being told by Arsenal boss Unai Emery that he is unlikely to be a key player in his team.
Recent reports suggested that Wilshere was about to agree a new deal with the Gunners. However, it now seems he is ready to snub an offer from the north London club to leave as a free agent when his contract expires at the end of the month.
Endured a frustrating career at Arsenal
Jack Wilshere has endured a frustrating career at Arsenal. For nearly a decade, the midfielder has been plagued by injury problems that have hampered his chances of ever fulfilling his supposed potential.
The fact that former boss Arsene Wenger loaned him out to Bournemouth the season before last just to get some game time under his belt underlined the uncertainty about the midfielder’s future in north London.
Wilshere showed flashes of what he is capable of last season. However, he has struggled for consistency when he has strung together a run of appearances. Whether he has done enough in the last 12 months to earn a new deal is debatable.
A man in-demand
Wilshere will not be a free agent for long, as the likes of West Ham, Wolves and Everton are all reportedly interested in signing the midfielder as a free agent this summer.
All three teams are likely to play expansive football next season. New Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini likes to play attacking football, as does new Toffees boss Marco Silva.
His compatriot at Wolves Nuno Espirito Santo is also an advocate of attacking football. Wilshere would no doubt enjoy playing for any of the aforementioned teams.
Only time will tell if he makes the right decision
Emery reportedly wants to keep Wilshere. However, the Spaniard will not guarantee him a place in the starting line-up, which in reality is right, as he still has so much to prove. Wilshere divides opinion among the Gunners support.
The decision looks set to be down to Wilshere and his advisors. If he is not up for fighting for his place at Arsenal, then he is not the sort of player the Gunners need to attempt a return to the top echelons of football.
If Wilshere leaves the club, then only time will tell if the decision is a correct one. It could really go either way.
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