Paul Merson has told talkSPORT Jack Wilshere will NEVER play for Arsenal again – but insists he’s still the best midfielder at the club.
Reports on Wednesday morning suggest Arsene Wenger has told the 25-year-old he can leave the Emirates Stadium this summer, with Italians Sampdoria the latest club to be linked with a move for him.
Having spent the whole of last season on loan at Bournemouth, there were always going to be question marks about Wilshere’s north London future as we head towards the start of the season, but former Gunners favourite Merson claims it would be a big mistake to let him leave.
Speaking to Danny Kelly on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, he said: “It’s a definite that he [Wilshere] will leave. I don’t think he was in Wenger’s plans. If you send someone on loan, you send them on loan for three months.
“If he’d have gone to Bournemouth for three months and set it alight and scored eight goals in three months, then you could call him back. But as soon as he sent him there for a year, he was never playing for Arsenal again.
“He [Wenger] is saying he’s world class because he wants another £5million or so for him. But Arsenal haven’t got anybody like Jack Wilshere in their team, not one player.
“I think the kid’s got a lot to offer. If he played ten times for Arsenal this year, he’d be better than the players they’ve got.”