His name has been linked with Palace since long before the transfer window opened for business but now, it seems as though Jack Wilshere has been made a formal target, following reports that new Gunners boss Unai Emery has told the 26-year-old that he’s free to leave The Emirates this summer.
Whilst plenty of clubs are thought to be showing interest in the England man (West Ham chief amongst them) the presence of former Three Lions gaffer Roy Hodgson in the Selhurst Park dugout is being looked upon behind the scenes as a potentially defining factor in our negotiations with the long-time Arsenal man.
Admittedly, Wilshere is expected to demand a rather large weekly wage, given his recent disagreements with the Gunners hierarchy but with current contract set to come to an end, there isn’t any immediate concerns about an extortionate transfer fee pricing us out of the market before we’ve even spoken to the man and representatives.
Despite his well documented injury problems, Jack actually managed to play 38 times for Arsenal across all competitions in the 2017/18 season, suggesting that, after a prolonged period of absolutely terrible luck, he may now be over the worst of his physical setbacks.
Having been looked upon as a rough diamond to be cherished by Arsene Wenger, I can’t pretend I’m surprised to see Wilshere now opening himself up to the possibility of a move away from Arsenal following the Frenchman’s departure. For all of his obvious ability, it was always clear that in Wenger, the central midfielder had a father figure; a man he could trust to look out for him and on occasion, forgive him when he made a mistake away from the field of play.
The new regime in north London promises to be a tad different from the environment fostered under Arsene’s watch, leaving Wilshere at something of a crossroads. Having always worked well with Hodgson at England level, Selhurst Park seems like a logical destination for all sorts of reasons, now it’s just a case of finding a mutual acceptable compromise in relation to the financial elements of any deal that can be put in place.