Tuesday 27 September 2016

Wilshere "asked to leave Arsenal" in loan deal, according to reports

Published 30/08/2016 | 00:09

Jack Wilshere applauds the Arsenal fans after their game at Watford. Photo: Action Images via Reuters / Andrew Boyers
Jack Wilshere applauds the Arsenal fans after their game at Watford. Photo: Action Images via Reuters / Andrew Boyers

Arsenal are willing to let midfielder Jack Wilshere to leave the club in a loan deal ahead of Wednesday's transfer deadline, amid reports that he has asked to be allowed to spend this season away from the north London club.

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Sky Sports are reporting that Wilshere will be allowed to leave on loan in the next couple of days, with reports in the UK newspapers suggesting it was the player who agitated for a move as he feared he would spend this season warming the substitutes bench.

With Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla the first choice creative players in the Arsenal midfield, it seems that one of Arsenal’s homegrown stars is not likely to be a starter for boss Arsene Wenger any time soon and there are suggestions that he may gain experience in Spain or Italy in a season-long loan move.

Arsenal are believed to have opened up the prospect of Wilshere moving to Spain or Italy to broaden his experience, with Wenger clearly believing his troubled star needs some time away from Arsenal to get his career back on track.

Wilshere has been caught up in a series of high profile off-the-field controversies in recent years, with his impact on the field has been limited and it appears that Wenger believes he needs to reboot his career elsewhere.

Meanwhile, new England manager Sam Allardyce has opted to leave Wilshere out of his first England squad, after confirming he would not be considered for international duty unless he is playing regularly at club level.

"If Jack Wilshere was playing every week for Arsenal he would be in the squad, but unfortunately he isn't," said Allardyce.

"It is game time for him and it has been few and far between because he has had too many injuries unfortunately.

"It is a question of game time and the contribution he is making to Arsenal and he is not doing that at the moment, so I left him out."

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