The transfer window prior to the 2016/17 season has been an entertaining one for almost all Premier League teams and fans, with many major signings and departures occurring that many people would not have foreseen.
One such transfer is that of injury hampered midfielder Jack Wilshere, who has been loaned out to Bournemouth for the season, something that has caused major questions within the top names in football including Harry Redknapp, who believes that this season’s loan spell could make or break his Arsenal career.
Wilshere, 24, has battled with injuries since 2011, when his season was ruined by a stress fracture picked up in pre-season. Since then, many more injuries have led the midfielder to a poor average of around 20 appearances a season between 2012 and the end of the 2015/16 season. Wenger therefore, believed it was in his best interest to send him out on loan.
Redknapp, confused about the decision believed that despite the fact that Wilshere may not be in Wenger’s best XI at the moment, could still be of use throughout the season as he is “fit enough to play in the Premier League” due to his clear qualities.
Jack Wilshere must prove himself
The former Bournemouth manager, who has great experience at managing in the Premier League, thinks that the English midfielder needs to “prove himself” if he is to have a future at the Emirates and remain after his contract end in two years’ time. The former Tottenham Hotspur manager also questioned whether Bournemouth was the right club for Wilshere, despite being one of the only options to remain in the Premier League and a great opportunity for him to hit the “30-35 games at the highest level” to get him back to his best – questioning whether the style of play of his new club would suit him.
Furthermore, other big names from football have shared their opinions on the move, such as Paul Scholes, formerly of Manchester United.
The ex-midfielder believes the new Bournemouth asset has “set his sights too low” and should have ventured “abroad” to gain some experience in foreign leagues at bigger clubs like Roma and Juventus (teams who were apparently interested in taking Wilshere on loan). The Manchester United and England legend has also stated that Wilshere will not be guaranteed first team football (if that was the Arsenal bosses thinking for the move) at Bournemouth as other players will now “want his place” in the starting line-up.
Overall, this will now be a huge season for the Arsenal prodigy, who will have to perform this year to show that after all he has been through, that he can still be an important player at Arsenal in the Premier League for many years to come. Let us hope that he shows his true qualities this season and gets back on track with his career.