For the second time in as many weeks, it appears as if Jack Wilshere has well and truly said goodbye to Arsenal.
The midfielder, who’s currently on loan with Bournemouth after struggling with both fitness and lack of game time in north London, recently gave an in-depth interview in which he didn’t seem all too certain about his future.
If anything, however, his uncertainty made us all the more certain that we wouldn’t see him in an Arsenal shirt ever again.
His newest interview is even more telling.
Speaking to the Times, the 24-year-old admitted that although he loves Arsenal, he has no problem with leaving if he has to in order to get playing time.
“It’s difficult for me to say because I love Arsenal and I’ve had great times there, and they’ve been great for me, and I can still see myself playing there,” he said.
“But who knows what the future holds? I’ve got a year left when I go back there.
“At the moment I’m just trying to have a season where it puts me in a good position at the end of the year, I’m improved as a player and Arsenal want me back, and we’ll see where we go from there.
“I always thought to myself ‘of course I love Arsenal’ but if there comes a time where I have to leave, then I have to leave, you know? If I go back and I’m not going to be playing, then, of course, I have to think about things.
“But at the moment I’m concentrating on Bournemouth. I want to put myself in a position where I go back next year and I’m a better player, and I’m fitter, and I can prove to people I can play week in, week out, and I’m ready for the challenge.”
With a wealth of world class talent in midfield at Arsenal, it’s not looking likely that Jack will in fact be back. He’s a talent and, if he does leave, which seems likely, it’ll be a huge shame, especially for Arsene Wenger who has worked with him and believed in him from the first day.
Whoever gets to watch him finally reach something close to his true potential for their team is very lucky.