It was a complete roller coaster ride for Jack Wilshere on transfer deadline day as he found himself available for loan. The arrival of Granit Xhaka at Arsenal has certainly seen him fall in the pecking order. News was out that 22 clubs from both England and abroad were chasing for his signature but in the end, the three main contenders were Crystal Palace, AFC Bournemouth and AS Roma.
Eventually, he sealed a deal with Bournemouth on a one-year loan after it was reported that Arsenal blocked his move to Italian club AS Roma. However, he will surely know that it will not be a walk in the park if he wants to revive his career at Arsenal.
Wilshere made his debut for Arsenal all the way back in 2008/09 season at the age of only 16. His career has not been helped by a series of injury set-backs that has been keeping him sidelined for too long. In 2011/12 season he did not even make a single appearance for Arsenal.
Such a shame for an individual who has the potential as one of the top central midfielders in Europe. In an interview with ESPN FC, where former Barcelona captain, Xavi Hernandez, spoke about Wilshere’s attributes.
“Un-English’ brand of football and his excellent passing range.”
Still only 24, I do not believe that his move to Bournemouth is a step down for his career. Of course, players should be at the peak of their career around this age but the most important thing is that he will get valuable minutes playing for the team.
With his good friend Benik Afobe in the squad, he will surely have all the motivation to help Bournemouth finish higher in the table and prove that he has still got the tools to be an England star.