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3rd Apr, 2017 | 10:30am

PL rivals confirm interest in Arsenal 25-year-old frozen out of first team

By Matt Bullin

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has stated again that he would love to sign Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere on a permanent deal, despite the midfielder struggling for game time on the south coast.

Wilshere arrived on loan at Bournemouth last September following several injury-plagued years at Arsenal and has impressed there.

Despite currently spending some time out of the starting eleven Wilshere is clearly doing enough to warrant Howe’s public interest.

Howe told the Telegraph:“I’ve always said we would love to sign him – but that decision will rest with Arsenal.

“He’s played so many games. This is just a little spell where he’s been out of the team but he’s still coming on to great effect.”

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Wilshere, 25, has featured 24 times in the league for the Cherries this term and has laid on two assists for his teammates.

The Guardian first reported that Howe was interested in a permanent move for Wilshere in February.

However, this reaffirmation comes as a surprise as Wilshere has played a total of just 41 minutes in Bournemouth’s last three games.

The Sun reported that West Ham are also interested in signing Wilshere, so Howe may face Premier League competition in the race for his signature too.

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Wilshere has not started for Bournemouth since their 2-1 defeat to West Brom in late February, and has not played a full 90 minutes since their 6-3 loss to Everton in early Febuary.

This has partly been due to a switch in formation which has seen Howe favour a more traditional 4-4-2, over the 4-2-3-1 he played early in the season.

This has meant the No. 10 position that Wilshere was occupying is no longer featured, with Harry Arter and Dan Gosling preferred in the two central midfield roles.

There’s no doubt that Wilshere would be an astute signing for Bournemouth or West Ham, even if he is not starting every game.

Though, at just 25-years-old Wilshere must still have something to offer at Arsenal, and even if he has to work to break back into the starting line up – he might prefer to be on the bench at Arsenal than at Bournemouth or West Ham.

In other Arsenal transfer news, Arsenal prepare for mass summer exodus as nine players face the axe.

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