He was always seen as a darling of Arsene Wenger’s but with the Frenchman having now made way for Unai Emery at The Emirates, it seems Jack Wilshere may well be on the move, with Crystal Palace rumoured to be his next destination.
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Whilst the story wasn’t broken in the national press, it still seems to have an air of feasibility, given the fact that it was overheard by someone who was privy to discussions regarding Palace’s pre-season trip to Scandinavia.
Of course, the man in question could be lying but on the face of things, it seems an extremely odd scenario to concoct in one’s own head for the sake of a few retweets from intrigued supporters. Indeed, Wilshere’s star no longer burns anything like as bright as it once did and were he to make the switch to SE25, he would be doing so as a free agent.
Undoubtedly still hugely talented on his day, concerns about the midfielder’s ability to last 90 minutes remain, with his rumoured wage demands of around £100,000-a-week putting him in much the same bracket as the Yohan Cabaye of last season at Selhurst Park.
That being said, Roy Hodgson knows the Arsenal academy man from his time in charge of England; a factor which may lead the gaffer to believe that he can re-light a fire underneath the 26-year-old and catapult him back into the collective consciousness of a country that wasn’t all that bothered by his omission from Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad.
As many of you no doubt saw, Wilshere himself went public with his frustration at being left out but after seeing his career stall with the Europa League semi-finalists, he may find that a switch south of the river is exactly what’s needed to get him firing on all cylinders once again.
I dare say we’ll be linked with far worse free agents this summer.