Jack Wilshere’s much discussed “move” to West Ham remains on according to morning media reports.
It is widely known that the midfielder sees the London Stadium as his preferred destination and the Hammers could go in with a bid of around £7 million in the winter.
The Hammers were ready to take the player on loan to prove his fitness back in the summer but the Gunners were only ready to accept a permanent move.
But with the player out of contract in the summer we could expect to be in the running for a player who has now been named by England boss Gareth Southgate as having chances of entering his World Cup plans.
There is also interest from Crystal Palace but Wilshere has his heart set on a move to West Ham and even asked an agent to approach the club in the summer.
Despite his limited chances with the first team this season, Arsene Wenger has repeated his support for Wilshere recently, saying that this season is “vital” for the player.
Defensive m/f , centre half and a couple of top class full backs is where we are needing to strengthen IMO , zabba a d collins are getting older and cresswell can’t defend ? who makes way for Wiltshire ?
Where will bilic play him ? Can’t get in the arse team and dropped from england squad ?
Was a huge prospect but something ain’t right with the player and injury prone to boot ?
He would probably go down hill even more if he came to us like many before him in recent times 😕
I think he could go a long way to filling the Payet shaped hole we’ve had. He has quality on the ball in tight spaces, a great range of passing and creates plenty of chances. Some of his injuries come from how he tackles – playing him in a cam role would help limit this, I think.
Obiang was one of the best tacklers in the league last year and Kouyate knows how to defend and has the engine to run around all day. I think both of them could do dm job very well if the manager gives them the right training and instructions.
Noble loses his place for me, he isn’t a dm, or an am. I think his best role now is as a sub to help see games out with his experience.
Would like to see Slav be a bit more dynamic: he could have a more attacking set up with Lanzini, Wilshere and either Obiang or Kouyate for home games/games we should be trying to win and then a more defensive set up with Lanzini or Wilshire and then Obiang and Kouyate for games where we expect to be on the back foot a bit more like the trip to the etihad.
Our creativity plummets when Lanzini isn’t around and we’ve needed cover for him for quite a while now.
I do get what you’re saying about Collins and Zaba – as much as we love them they won’t be able to play forever. But we should be looking at Rice and Byram to be learning as much as possible from them with the view that they will be taking over when the time comes. If city and Utd can play their youngsters then surely we can, too?
The only thing I’m worried about are the owners. They will drag it out for the whole month, will spend ages haggling over nothing, then probably try and stall again until summer thinking they’ll get him for free – before paying twice as much at a tribunal.
I cannot see why we would want Wilshere now ( in his heyday at Arsenal yes) but he didn’t really set the world on fire at Bournemouth did he!
I agree that the way he tackles makes him prone to some of his injuries, but we need to start looking forwards and using our own talent and not buying in further liabilities from elsewhere.
No real problem with him as a player, but the injury issue makes him a doubt for me. The last thing we want is another injury prone player. My impression is that if a player is still getting regular injuries in his early twenties he is going to keep getting them. What is he- 24, 25?
He’s 25 so a 👎🏻 from me. But we do need more skill & creativity in midfield, & if we are so hard up that the alternative is to keep Snodgrass or somebody similar then it is a 👍
Echo what most say, he is injury prone in the way Carroll is I.e he doesn’t live the life off the field that a pro sportsman should, he has an abundance of talent but a huge question mark on whether he and his body will ever fulfil that, if we could afford him then yes because he is an even better passer than Lanzini but if not let’s not waste our time on a sick note, better to wait until he is a free agent imho …