By Harvey Byrne

BBC pundit Trevor Sinclair has claimed that he believes Jack Wilshere would have been the “perfect replacement” for Santi Cazorla in the Arsenal team.

Wilshere, 24, left Arsenal on a season-long loan deal in the summer for Premier League rivals Bournemouth.

He feared that he wouldn’t get game time at the Gunners after spending the majority of the last season injured.

However, former England international Sinclair believes that he would have been perfect to cover the injured Cazorla in the line-up.

“I agree with Martin (Keown), I feel Jack Wilshere would have been the perfect replacement for Santi Cazorla,” said Sinclair on Sunday’s Match of the Day 3. “With him injured they tend to lose a lot more games and don’t play as well as they can do with him in the team.”

Cazorla, 31, has missed the last month through injury after being brought off for Mohamed Elneny during the 6-0 victory over Ludogorets in October.

The Spain international has featured in 11 encounters for the north London outfit this season, providing three assists and scoring two goals.

Meanwhile, Wilshere has also played in 11 fixtures for the Cherries following his move.

Arsenal have been in good form this season with eight victories, four draws and one loss coming from their first 13 league fixtures.

They will host Southampton on Wednesday at the quarter final stage of the EFL Cup before heading to struggling West Ham in the league on Saturday.

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