Nigel Winterburn sends warning to Arsenal about 25-year-old midfielder

Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn says the Gunners should only keep Jack Wilshere if the midfielder can prove his fitness

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere Photo: Jack Wilshere / Instagram

Arsenal should only keep Jack Wilshere if the England midfielder can guarantee his fitness, according to Nigel Winterburn.

The tenacious midfielder has struggled to stay fit in recent seasons which has hampered his progress in the Arsenal team under Arsene Wenger.

Indeed, Wilshere was sent out on loan in 2016-17 to secure regular first-team football with his future uncertain at the north London club.

Now, the 25-year-old has less than 12 months remaining on his current deal with speculation that Wilshere could leave the FA Cup winners.

Wilshere was once viewed as one of Arsenal’s brightest talents but his injury problems have significantly hampered his career.

Speaking to bwin about Wilshere’s future prospects at Arsenal with the midfielder set to become a free agent next summer unless a new deal is agreed, Winterburn said:

“Obviously I was very lucky when I played and I never sustained a period when I was out for very long, especially not year after year. I could imagine there are huge amounts of frustration there for Jack Wilshere.

“If you’re only playing a quarter of the games each season and spending most of the time on the operating table, it’s very difficult for your game to progress as much as people expect it to progress. He’s a very good player.

“If you told me you’d get three years out of Jack Wilshere and he’d have relatively small number of injuries and he’d play a part for Arsenal then I think Wenger would want to keep him at the club.”

Arsenal signed France striker Alexandre Lacazette in a club-record deal from Ligue 1 side Lyon on Wednesday.

The Gunners have also recruited Bosnian defender Sead Kolasinac from Bundesliga outfit Schalke 04 on a free transfer.

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