Earlier this month Jack Wilshere and Arsenal announced that the 26-year-old would be leaving the club upon the expiry of his contract.
The midfielder personally revealed in a statement that his departure was made for ‘footballing reasons’. Wilshere held talks with the club’s new head coach Unai Emery and was not guaranteed regular first team football, something that Wilshere is clearly searching for.
So, now having been released by his Arsenal, Wilshere is officially a free agent. Why would he be a good addition to most sides?
A wealth of experience
Having made his debut in the 2008/09 Premier League season, Wilshere has since went on to appear 238 times across all competitions. These have come playing mainly for Arsenal, but he has also spent time at Bolton and more recently Bournemouth.
Realistically 238 appearances in nearly 10 years isn’t really the best return ratio due to the fact that Wilshere has been restricted by injuries. However, although that could be an off-putting factor, the fact he will be joining the club on a free transfer with the experience he has playing for arsenal especially is surely a benefitting thing.
Just last season, Wilshere was competing in the Europa League semi-finals. As well as this he has won several FA Cups in his spell at the Emirates.
In recent times, Arsenal as a club haven’t been achieving as much as they have been known to in the past, a factor which has subsequently led to a new appointment in management. It has also meant that Wilshere has been restricted from playing in the Champions League, a competition where the Englishmen initially proved to people he was a very talented player.
With a total of 27 appearances in the competition though, it is great experience that he has gained, and he would surely be able to offer some of his new teammates hope.
When Gareth Southgate’s squad for the 2018 World Cup was still undecided, many people across the UK, very much expected Wilshere to be close to making cut.
After the squad was revealed and he was left out, it was clear that he was annoyed by the decision. Coming off the back of injury woes last season, he was back playing regular football for his club and was included in an England squad leading up to the World Cup.
With a clear passion and drive to represent his country, it could help his cause for a club to snap him up. If he is to get into the national set up he simply has to perform to a good standard at a high level of football.
A player of Wilshere’s background is certainly not going to be short of potential suitors, whether it may be a big club that see him as a worthy squad player or a smaller club that see him as a player good enough to build around, there will be possibilities.
It has been reported that West Ham and Crystal Palace may be two of the club’s leading the race to sign Wilshere.
By James Miller