By London correspondent Tony Hughes

Arsenal are prepared to allow Jack Wilshere to leave on loan this season to get first team football, according to a report.

Sky Sports claimed on their transfer centre blog on Monday night (10.27pm) that manager Arsene Wenger will sanction the temporary exit of the club talisman.

It is a sensational move given Wilshere’s status at boyhood club Arsenal and his long-held reputation as one of Europe’s outstanding young players.

It is certain to alert a host of top Premier League clubs although Arsenal are unlikely to sanction a move to a top-four rival.

The 24-year-old has an extensive injury record starting back to 2009 when he suffered the first of many serious ankle injuries.

Despite having a minor knee injury in pre-season, Wilshere has recovered to be on the substitute’s bench for each of Arsenal’s three Premier League matches this season.

He has played 37 minutes, including the last 20 of Saturday’s 3-1 win at Watford, but has slipped behind Granit Xhaka, Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin, Mohamed Elneny and Aaron Ramsey in the pecking order for central midfield places at Emirates Stadium.

With Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alex Iwobi ahead of him in the battle for the attacking midfield slots, Wishere is now concerned about a lack of opportunities.

The former Bolton loanee has been sidelined throughout his career for 890 days, missing out on 154 matches for the Gunners.

In other Arsenal transfer news, a club director has given an emphatic response on an Arsenal midfield target.