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Stan Collymore accuses Arsenal star of top-dog syndrome

By Dominic Toner

Stan Collymore believes that Jack Wilshere will thrive on being the standout player at Bournemouth.

The Arsenal midfielder completed a season-long loan switch to Eddie Howe’s side for the remainder of the season, as he pursues regular first team football.

Wilshere, 24 has fallen out of order with both Arsenal and England and has moved to the Vitality stadium to reignite his career.

Pundit Collymore has claimed that Wilshere snubbed a move to Serie A this summer to join Bournemouth in order to be the star name and boost his ego.

“The common consensus is that Jack Wilshere picked Bournemouth over AC Milan or Roma because he wanted to be closer to home,” Collymore wrote in the Mirror. “But I don’t buy that. I’m convinced it’s more a case of ‘top-dog syndrome’ with Jack.

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“He needed to be the standout player at whichever club he joined from Arsenal, and he will be that down on the south coast.

“But despite all the confidence, all the cockiness, he has displayed at times, at the moment he’ll be thinking, ‘This is my last chance to be able to catapult myself back into a team which nominally challenges for the title and plays Champions League football every season, and to do that I have to be the main man’.”

The central midfielder has made 34 appearances for England in his career so far, but was omitted from Sam Allardyce’s first squad since being named the national team manager.

Wilshere has also fallen down the pecking order under Arsene Wenger and has struggled to feature regularly in the Arsenal midfield, with Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla, Mesut Ozil, Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneney ahead of him.

Bournemouth completed a successful campaign last year, staying in the Premier League in their first taste of the top-flight, and Howe will now be helping to maintain their status for another season.

It is considered a remarkable move from Wilshere to join the Premier League minnows and will be expected to go straight into the starting line-up, provided he can overcome his continuous struggle with injuries throughout his career.

He has an extensive injury record dating back to 2009 when he suffered the first of many serious ankle injuries.

In other Arsenal transfer news, Paul Merson has slammed the club’s decision to loan out Wilshere.