Tony Cascarino launches bilstering attack on Arsenal 25-year-old, compares him to Joe Hart
By Will Butcher
Tony Cascarino has heavily criticised Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere by claiming the midfielder is not willing to play out of his comfort zone.
Wilshere, 25, broke his leg while playing for loan side Bournemouth on Saturday, as the Cherries suffered a heavy 4-0 defeat to Mauricio Pochettino’s title-chasing side.
Former Celtic and Chelsea ace Cascarino claimed that Wilshere has it all to do to even become “relevant” again, after taking the easy option by joining Bournemouth in the summer on loan.
Cascarino compared Wilshere to England goalkeeper Joe Hart, claiming the stopper was brave to move abroad to Torino and he will become a better player because of it.
“Jack Wilshere took the easy option this season and at the age of 25, he has a massive challenge to become relevant again,” Cascarino told the Times.
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“He has been operating in a comfort zone, coasting along since those days when he was scoring wonder goals and comparisons were being drawn with Paul Gascoigne.
“Joe Hart was brave like that and he’ll come back to the Premier League from Torino better and wiser for the experience. For all the positive noises, would Eddie Howe be desperate to take him back at Bournemouth?”
Wilshere has seemed to push aside his injury demons this season while on loan with the Cherries, making 29 appearances in red and black.
However, his latest injury setback could plunge his Arsenal future into doubt with only one more season remaining on his current Emirates Stadium contract.
The 34-time England international suffered a hairline fracture in his left fibula on Saturday, that saw him replaced by Lewis Cook in the 56th minute of the match.
With the Gunners academy product returning next week to begin rehabilitation on the injury, Arsene Wenger will be looking to secure a place in the final of the FA Cup on Sunday.
The north London giants face Manchester City at Wembley Stadium, with Chelsea and Tottenham going head to head in the other semi-final.
In other Arsenal news, Wilshere posted this message on Twitter after suffering the injury.