Jamie Carragher: Why Jack Wilshere shouldn’t return to Arsenal
The Liverpool legend doesn't believe Jack Wilshere has a future at Arsenal
Jamie Carragher has questioned whether Bournemouth midfielder Jack Wilshere has a future at Arsenal.
The England international completed a surprise season-long loan move to the Vitality Stadium before the close of the summer transfer window.
Wilshere was facing increased competition for a starting spot in 2016 after Arsene Wenger signed Mohamed Elneny in January before the Gunners spent £33m on Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka.
The 25-year-old midfielder has failed to score a goal or make an assist in 10 Premier League appearances so far with Wilshere managing to stay fit despite his injury problems in recent seasons.
Former Liverpool defender Carragher believes Wilshere would struggle to secure regular first-team football if the England star was to return to the north London club at the end of the campaign.
“If I was Jack Wilshere, I wouldn’t go back to Arsenal. I don’t see how he fits in,” Carragher told Sky Sports.
“He is playing in a No10 position right now. Mesut Ozil is better than him in that position. If you go back to centre midfielder, they’ve just bought Granit Xhaka. You’d expect him to come to the fore more next season. They’ve got Coquelin and Elneny as holding midfield players.
“Aaron Ramsey wants to play centre midfield. He would just go back to square one for me. At 24 or 25, he needs to play week in week out and 90 minutes to show what he can do.”
Wilshere was part of Arsenal’s squad that won the FA Cup in 2014 and 2015.
The Gunners finished in second place in the Premier League table last season as the England midfielder missed most of the campaign with an injury.