Bournemouth boss delivers verdict on long-term deal for Arsenal midfielder
By Danny Wright
Eddie Howe has confirmed that he would love to make Jack Wilshere’s loan deal at Bournemouth permanent.
Wilshere has clearly impressed Howe in his loan spell from Arsenal but the manager revealed at his press conference on Friday that there have been no talks with his parent club as of yet.
The England international has made 21 appearances for the Cherries this season in all competitions, picking up two assists.
“We would love that to happen,” Howe said, as reported by the Guardian. “I can’t rate Jack any higher as a person or a footballer, and how he’s come into the team and what he has delivered for us. But there has been no discussion with Arsenal.
“As I see it, Jack’s on loan until the summer when we’ll look at it and Jack will look at it. He views this as his home at the moment, until the end of the season.
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“His heart has been here from the day he walked in the door. There have been no problems there. But it’s his right to review his options at the end of the season and see where his career goes next”
Since arriving at the Vitality Stadium, Wilshere will have no doubt proved to both Howe and Arsene Wenger he could have something to offer for both of their sides.
The midfielder, infamously known for spending more time injured than he does on the pitch, has regained his fitness and is enjoying consistent first-team football for the first time in a while.
Wilshere has made 160 appearances for the Gunners since rising through the ranks of the club’s academy and is one of few English players in recent years to do so.
He also has 34 England caps to his name, his first of which came in 2010 when he made a substitute appearances against Hungary in a friendly match.
Football Insider Verdict
Wilshere’s time at Arsenal is probably up. This loan deal away from the Emirates probably signalled the end for the midfielder unless he could prove himself to be a top quality Premier League player. Although he has proved he is fit, it remains doubtful that he has shown enough glimpses of quality in his spell on the south coast to prove he has what it takes to be a first-team regular for Wenger.
Arsenal will not let him go on the cheap however and Howe will likely have to shell out a club record fee in order to retain his services for another season – unless another unlikely loan deal can be agreed.
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