By Alex Taylor
Arsenal star Jack Wilshere may only be loaned out until January, according to transfer expert Emanuele Giulianelli.
Sky Sports claimed on their transfer centre blog on Monday night (10.27pm) that manager Arsene Wenger will sanction the exit of the club talisman on loan before Wednesday night’s transfer cut-off.
It would prove to be a sensational move given Wilshere’s status at his boyhood club Arsenal and his long-held reputation as one of Europe’s outstanding young players.
Gazzetta Dello Sport wrtier Giulianelli, who has established a reputation for providing Arsenal transfer news and was the first journalist to report their interest in imminent new arrival Shkodran Mustafi, provided an update on Wilshere and his team-mate Serge Gnabry on Tuesday morning.
He suggested Wilshere could be back at Arsenal in January rather than spend the entire season at another club.
Wilshere loan might be just until January, Arsenal trying to get Serge Gnabry to sign a new deal & don’t want him to go on a permanent deal.
— Emanuele Giulianelli (@EmaGiulianelli) August 30, 2016
Reports emerged on Tuesday in Germany that Bayern Munich are close to permanently signing Gnabry, before loaning him to Werder Bremen.
Wilshere’s availability 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, Wilshere 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.
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