Arsene Wenger has given more detail on his decision to loan Jack Wilshere to Bournemouth, saying he believes it will be a move that could be in the long-term interests of both Arsenal and the midfielder.
There was surprise from many quarters that the Arsenal manager was willing to let him go, but the decision appears to have been made to ensure that his future in North London is as successful as possible – depending on his fitness of course.
Speaking to the press today, Wenger said, “What you want more than anything is for a player with his talent to play. In a selfish way, you want him to play for your club but there is a bigger perspective, you want him to play and express his talent.
“I try always to combine the interests of the club and the interests of the player. In this case that’s what I tried to do.
“He is not yet completely at his physical level. If you look at the number of games he has played recently in the last six months, you cannot be at the competitive level he wants to be.”
And the Frenchman even tipped him as a possible candidate for the manager’s role at some stage.
“I see him in the future at this club, of course,” he said. “He will spend his life in football, he is a football man. He has an eye on everybody, it’s in him. You either have that or you haven’t, but he is a real football man.
“He has a real football brain and understands football. It’s in his genes. Certainly one day he will be in my seat.”
Wenger expects negotiations over a new contract for Wilshere to take place midway through this season, but again much will depend on how often he can play for Eddie Howe’s side. Further injury absences may well affect that.
“I want him to extend, yes,” he continued. “I don’t know when, I think around December.”