The highlight of Arsenal’s transfer window dealing was not the signing of Lucas Perez and Mustafi from the La Liga but the sale(on loan) of England international Jack Wilshere to Premier League club Bournemouth.
Wilshere has endured several torrid seasons as a result recurrent injuries that has seen him fell the selection perking order in Arsenal’s otherwise star studded midfield. The 24-year-old is keen reviving his career and securing a place in the midfield of the Three Lions.
Opinions were divided when he was allowed to leave – We’ll be locking horns with other teams in four diffferent competitions and our injury records means Wishere is still important. However, Wenger knows best and does what is best for the players.
Despite being criticized for his inability to stay fit, Wenger believes Wishere is in the class of world class players.
‘Jack Wilshere is a world-class player,’ Wenger said. He’s most dangerous when he plays further forward.
‘Sometimes it’s a shame that he plays so deep. I prefer him when he’s behind.’
Despite his ability, Wenger explained his decision to let him leave for Bournemouth, although he admitted he hopes Wilshere will stay at Arsenal for his whole career.
‘I spoke to Jack and there were concerns that he wouldn’t play enough. I couldn’t guarantee that. If he has some time then he will come back at a competitive level.
‘He’s gone to play games. He wanted games and I can understand his desire, it’s a logical decision.
‘Let’s not forget that he missed last year… you can’t afford to be out two seasons without playing at the top level.
‘I hope personally that he stays his whole career here. He’s a world-class player, he doesn’t have to show me that he can play at Bournemouth he just needs to be back [and playing] at a competitive level.’