Arsenal journalist Charles Watts has given his thoughts on Jack Wilshere following comments made by Mikel Arteta.
The 30-year-old former Gunner hasn’t played for the club since 2018 when his contract expired, he has played for West Ham United and Bournemouth since then, but now he is taking his coaching badges with the Arsenal academy sides whilst also looking for his next club.
Gunners boss Arteta has recently commented on his search for a new team, noting that “First of all it’s great to have him around. His talent is unquestionable. When you see him in training, I think you have had some players say he is the best in training. So he has that.
“Now he is doing his coaching badges and it is completely up to him what the next step in his career will be and we are here to support that.”
Speaking during a Q&A session on his YouTube show, Watts offered his thoughts about Arsenal potentially signing Wilshere, noting what Arteta had said and that if there are any truths to the Spaniard’s words, then Wilshere might just be of some use to them moving forward.
He said: “There is the Jack Wilshere wildcard option – we still don’t know what’s going to happen with Jack Wilshere. He’s obviously been training week in, week out, day in, day out with the first team at Arsenal; Mikel Arteta raving about him, players raving about him. Could he be a short-term option possibly till the end of the season? Arteta’s been very coy when asked about it.
“But he did say, he believes he’s 100% good enough still to play in the Premier League. Could he be a short-term option? We’ll have to wait and see, it could tick a couple of boxes for Arsenal if he is as good as Arteta has been saying he has been in training.”
TIF Thoughts on Charles Watts’ comments about Jack Wilshere and Arsenal…
Should Arsenal offer Jack Wilshere a contract?
It is going to sound like the obvious analysis, but given his injury history, Arsenal would be best advised to stay well away from him when it comes to offering him a contract to come back as a player.
Even if they brought him in on a ‘pay as you play’ deal, he would still be taking up a place in the squad that could be better used on someone who could be relied on to play for them on a regular basis.
So whilst Wilshere might be looking good in training according to what Arteta has been saying, his usage is probably best kept within the confines of the training ground rather than in the first-team picture.