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Jack Wilshere wouldn’t have gone on loan to AFC Bournemouth if it weren’t for him to play regularly, Eddie Howe has revealed.
Wilshere shocked many fans last summer when he asked to leave the club on loan.
Many of us did not understand the reason for that decision at the time and a few still question why he was allowed to leave especially when Arsenal knew he would have just one year left in his contract when he returns.
Speaking last weekend, Howe has now revealed Wilshere was allowed to leave the Emirates so he can play regularly. The midfielder did not feature for Arsenal in the previous two seasons due to injuries and it was thought that playing regularly would help him get back to the best.
The number of options we had in midfield at the beginning of the season would have made that difficult to happen here and Arsenal thought it wise to allow him move elsewhere.
“We couldn’t think more of the player, so if there was a chance for us to maintain our relationship beyond this season we would certainly look at that, Howe said of Wilshere’s switch to the Dean Court.
“But the loan was very much put in place for Jack to try to play football, stay fit, express himself on a really good platform, then make his own decision on where he goes next.
“I haven’t spoken to him about his future yet. We are immersed in the season and trying to fight for every point we can get.
“Any talk about the future is for the summer.”
Like Howe pointed out, any talk about Wilshere’s long-term future will be in the summer and some clubs will definitely be watching with keen interest, hoping they’d get the chance to steal him away.
However, I expect the midfielder to return to the Emirates and pick up the spot that has been left vacant by Cazorla. The Spaniard has also struggled with injuries in recent seasons and a fit again Wilshere is obviously the right person to fill his shoes.