Jack Wilshere has been playing for Arsenal since 2008 after becoming the Gunner’s youngest-ever League debutant at the age of 16.
Since then the fiery player has had many memorable performances, including his now famously dominant Champions League game against Barcelona in 2011.
10 years later, at 26, Jack has been through it all with the North London club, missing few seasons with several injuries, and now the Express are reporting that the English midfielder has turned down a new three-year contract with the club.
It now looks very likely that the player who joined Arsenal aged nine will head for the exit door. He is wanted by many clubs and may join Premier League rivals West Ham, Everton, Crystal Palace, Newcastle, Wolves or Fulham.
Some fans believe Wilshere has to go, given the current talent of Ozil, Mkhitaryan, Ramsey, Xhaka and even the potential of younger players like Ainsley Maitland-Niles or Reiss Nelson.
Others believe it is players like Jack Wilshere that can drive the team to victory in tough times, having the passion to fight in every game.
One of the most successful English players in modern football, Gary Neville, is among those who rate Wilshere highly, saying:
“He’s the best English midfield player by a street,”
“I worked with all of the English midfield players for four years and he could play in any single team in this country and live in that team or any single team in Europe, he is that good.”
Scoring 2 goals and grabbing 5 assists in 38 games this season, Jack Wilshere’s true worth isn’t often reflected by statistics. It’s the drive of fighting to the last minute of the game that propels the 26-year-old to the position he is in, the near-fanatical commitment of the Central midfielder is always present.
Many fans would see it as a great loss if Jack Wilshere does depart this summer.
It is players like Jack Wilshere that make us love the game, players who go way above and beyond the standard, players that truly show their passion and leave nothing out on the pitch. These are the players that are increasingly missing in the modern game, so Arsenal would be foolish to let Wilshere slip away.
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