Former Aston Villa and Manchester City striker Darius Vassell thinks that Jack Wilshere should stay at Arsenal rather than risk moving to a new club.

Speaking to the Express, Vassell said that Wilshere clearly showed a lot of talent early on, and although injuries have slowed him down, he shouldn’t leave Arsenal in hope of a quick fix.

Vassell said: Wilshere when he burst onto the scene, I thought ‘wow what a player he’s gonna be for England perhaps captain England’. The fact he’s seen that other players have surpassed him and he has been involved in England set-up, it has been a shame.

“Should he move on and do other bits and pieces? As a fan, no I want to see him do his bits and pieces at the club he belongs. There shouldn’t be any rush to move him on because another injury at a new club and then we’re back at square one again.”

Wilshere has finally started to get back into the Arsenal first-team squad after a loan, an injury and a brief spell with the u23s as part of his recovery. Although he’s still not a guaranteed starter just yet, the 25-year-old completed 90 minutes against Doncaster and I would think he’ll get the same opportunity against BATE Borisov on Thursday.

As a result, now doesn’t seem like the best time to leave the Gunners as he’s starting to get back in contention. The transfer window is closed anyway, but with only a year left on his Arsenal contract, Wilshere could start to negotiate with foreign clubs in January.

If the playmaker continues to stick to the plan when it comes to his recovery and return to the first-team, I’d imagine Arsenal would want to get negotiating a new deal pretty soon. But at this stage it’s just a case of taking things step-by-step.

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