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Arsenal's Wonder Kid Needs Change To Realise Potential
Footytubeblog (Blog) 2 years ago
Jack Wilshere is back in the headlines yet again this summer. Less than one week after being photographed smoking, prompting boss Arsene Wenger to speak publicly about the issue, the Arsenal midfielder is finally gaining news for a different reason.

Wenger revealed that his quest to acquire a new holding midfielder could be over and many believe that Wilshere will be the man to take over the job that Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini held last season.
Wenger revealed last November that he believed this was Wilshere's natural position and appears to now be going through with the move.

If this holds true, several things will happen as a result. Firstly, Wenger will likely no longer pursue long-time holding midfield targets like Sami Khedira and Lars Bender, both German internationals and players who are more comfortable at the position than Wilshere.

Throughout his career, 22-year-old Wilshere has primarily been disposed as a central midfielder closer to the attack.

Both players mentioned above are likely to command upwards of £20m, although Khedira's price could be driven down now that he is unlikely to see the pitch at Real Madrid following the signings of Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez this summer.

Secondly, this will open up space for the other talented Arsenal midfielders, such as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil.

Finally, it could signal that Wenger is looking to bring in another defender or striker and views those areas as more of an area of need. A defender was probably the bigger of the two with the recent acquisition of former Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez, but the Gunners boss recently acquired former Newcastle defender Mathieu Debuchy as well.

Clearly, there is a trickle-down effect with Wenger's reported move. But the move does leave some questions, as Wenger is banking on Wilshere's natural skill and ability to be enough to allow for a smooth transition.
Trusting a 22-year-old, albeit one of the most talented young players in the world, to make any position change is a risky move when that man has never before played the position, but even more so for arguably one of the most important places on the field.

Arsenal clearly need an upgrade over Arteta and Flamini, both of whom have been a disappointment at that position. They need someone who can win back possession and provide the attack with a steady, calming playmaker who has the vision and pace to solidify their midfield.

The above description fits Wilshere almost to a tee, so Wenger might be onto something with the move. It remains to be seen how effective he will be on the defensive side of things, however, an area that both Bender and Khedira thrive in.

Yet no one can argue with Wilshere's ability on offense, and that will serve Arsenal well in linking up with the likes of Theo Walcott, Ozil, Sanchez and Olivier Giroud in the final third of the field.

Arsenal will no doubt have enough offense next season behind the strong play of the players listed above. Whether or not they'll be able to prevent the opposition from also having one remains to be seen.

Wilshere's development has seemed to stall a little, so maybe the position change will be just what the doctor ordered. No one knows better than Wenger, and it appears the out-of-the-box Wenger is up to his old tricks once again.

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