Jack Wilshere is wanted by Turkish side Antalyaspor, along with a host of other clubs this summer. And with just 12 months left on his deal, could his 16-year Arsenal stay be over?
You won’t be alone in wondering who Antalyaspor are. I’m sure Jack Wilshere himself is wondering the same thing. According to the Daily Mail, they are the Turkish club who want to sign the Englishman and have admitted that the deal would be difficult.
“We made an enquiry and are in talks but Arsenal want a lot for Wilshere. It will be a difficult move to pull off,” Antalyaspor’s president Ali Safak said.
Wilshere’s future is in doubt due to him having a year left on his contract. As yet, there doesn’t appear to be any sign that Arsenal will be offering him a new contract.
The Daily Mail’s report claims Arsenal would be open to extending the midfielder’s contract but only to protect his value. The Sun, meanwhile, have reported that West Ham and Sampdoria are also interested in him.
Wilshere has a long history with injuries. Although Wenger has a saintly patience when it comes to injured talents, Wilshere’s injuries have hampered his development and have knocked him down the pecking order in Arsenal’s midfield.
He could yet stay with the Gunners but first-team opportunities could be limited. Wenger seems to prefer Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey in the engine room, while Francis Coquelin and Mohamed Elneny are alternate options.
Wilshere’s time at Bournemouth did little to suggest he could improve Arsenal’s starting eleven. Despite playing in an attacking role for an attacking team, he didn’t contribute much in terms of goals or assists. His lack of form has also seen him drop out of the England team, ironic considering I feel the Three Lions have a lack of creative midfielders.
From my perspective, the current state of Wilshere’s career is a massive shame. He’s always been a player of tremendous promise, but his injuries make him difficult to accommodate short-term and long-term. Arsenal simply can’t rely on him to be fit and start every week.
Arsene Wenger would do well to get a decent fee for him. His injuries could make potential buyers reluctant to pay a big price. They may be more willing to sign him when he’s a free transfer in 12 months.
If he does leave, I hope that he joins a big club at the top level, and doesn’t end up in obscurity in Turkey.