Could Jack Wilshire be fishing for a move away from Arsenal?
The midfielder is nothing if not ballsy having just taken a massive swipe at boss Arsene Wenger. The reason? Wilshire reckons Wenger plays him out of position and he gives better performances when wearing the Three Lions for Roy Hodgson’s England.
Wilshire has spent much of the 2015/16 season out injured, but it still hoping to make it into Hodgson’s 23-man England squad for Euro 2016. After getting 66 minutes under his belt in a friendly against Turkey, Wilshire is adamant that he’s ready for the tournament – and he had no qualms about throwing Wenger under the bus.
“With Arsenal I’ve been playing out wide, which is not me. I’m not a wide man, but Roy seems to have faith in me in the middle.”
“With Arsenal I’ve been playing out wide, which is not me. I’m not a wide man, but Roy seems to have faith in me in the middle, so I’m happy with that. I like to play anywhere in the middle,” The Guardian quotes him as saying.
“I played the holding role before and I really enjoy that, and, this time I was a bit higher up the pitch and I enjoyed that as well. I’ve worked with Roy now and his staff for a number of years and they know what I bring and I know what they want from me as well.”
Hodgson gave the biggest hint yet that Wilshire will be one of the peripheral England squad players to make the final 23.
“I’m rather hoping he is going to be able to join us [in France],” he said. “We hope that with every training session and every week that goes by he is going to get fitter. We also hope to stay in the tournament a little while, so I don’t think we should be too worried about him at this point of time in May.
“We should be thinking ahead to the middle or end of June and saying, ‘Could this be a guy who helps us win a match?’ He’s definitely got that ability and I think he showed that in the first half when we had some of our better-attacking movements.”
Sounds like Wilshire is as good as on the plane, but these comments about playing on the wing could get him a one-way ticket out of the Emirates.