This is a bit out of left field but…
Arseblog News has learned that Arsene Wenger has rejected the idea of sending Jack Wilshere on loan to Valencia for the rest of the season after an approach by head coach Gary Neville.
The former Manchester United defender, contracted at the Mestalla until the summer, is open to bolstering his ailing squad during the January transfer window having not won a game in La Liga since taking the reins in December.
It’s believed the loan opportunity is partly motivated by a desire on Neville’s part to help the player return to fitness ahead of Euro 2016.
Neville remains part the England coaching setup and shares the player’s concern that a lack of game time at the Emirates in the coming months could scupper his chances of being selected by Roy Hodgson.
Wilshere is yet to play for Arsenal this season due to a freak injury picked up in training just days before the Community Shield win against Chelsea. The club initially opted against surgery on his broken fibula before accepting in September that he required the insertion of a metal plate. He was expected to be back in action by the end of December but is still recovering.
While Arsene Wenger remains optimistic that Wilshere will be fit by the end of February the 24-year-old still has his work cut out forcing his way back up the midfield pecking order. The player stressed in November that he’s intent on doing exactly that.
Obviously, we’re desperate to see Jack make a full recovery as soon as possible because we know that on his day, as he’s proved in the past, he’s a player capable of winning games for Arsenal.
It’s possible the boss has dismissed the idea of sharing Wilshere with anyone else for this single reason. All the more so, given we’re challenging for the title.