Arsene Wenger insists Jack Wilshere still has a future at Arsenal after insisting he is world class.
Gunners boss Wenger sprang a surprise by loaning England international Wilshere to Bournemouth which raised doubts about his future at the Emirates.
But Wenger believes it is a chance for Wilshere to rebuild his career and insists he wants him to finish his career at Arsenal.
Wenger said: “Wilshere is a world class player. I like him further forward, it’s always a shame when he plays.
“For me, it’s a chance for him to play regularly to get back to being a world class player.
“We had a chat together and he was concerned that he would not get enough competition and games early enough. The challenge is for him to play games.
“He wanted games, that’s his desire and I thought it was logical. It’s important that he gets the number of games.
“I hope personally he will stay his whole career here.”
This deal feels like a last-chance-saloon for the England international who, at 24 years of age, needs this loan move to work if he is to fully realise his potential.
At Bournemouth, Wilshere is sure to be considered first choice when fit. He may have only registered 37 minutes of top-flight action this season, but he’s shown the potential that he can return to his best with regular game time. The Premier League minutes have been few and far between in recent years, though, with Wilshere playing only 2,630 minutes of a possible 10,350 (25%) since the start of the 2013/14 campaign.
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