Ugh, I caught a sick. It’s one of those viruses that makes you feel and sound like a six-pack-a-day smoker. Anyway, I wanted to follow up on Jack Wilshere’s loan deal with a short post.
Wilshere is set to join Bournemouth on loan. According to the BBC, Arsenal rejected a move to Roma because the Italian club played hardball with Arsenal over a potential move for their center back Manolas. According to the Guardian, Arsenal did reject the Roma move but the insinuation is that the deal fell through because Roma didn’t want to pay all of Jack’s salary. Arsenal currently pay part of Szczesny’s salary at Roma and Jack is on considerably more with his £90k a week paycheck.
Bournemouth is willing to pay Wilshere’s entire salary but that’s not the only reason why Wilshere would choose to stay in England. Jack has two young children from his estranged girlfriend and that was certainly a consideration. His fiance and her father (who is Jack’s hairdresser) also both live in London and naturally, those would be considerations also.
From a football stance, this is a great deal for all parties. As much as I would rather Jack go to Roma or Valencia and play some more tactical football he is joining the Eddie Howe run outfit and they are well respected. He won’t be playing football for Sam Allardyce or Owen Coyle. Bournemouth did manage 51% possession last year, they also took 12.3 shots per game (just 3 fewer than the mighty Arsenal), and Howe has them among the top dribbling teams in the League. They are an attack-minded side and Jack Wilshere should fit in nicely — even while I think it’s his defensive understanding that needs development.
There is another bonus to all of this as well: if Jack can stay healthy, he should be a key component to helping Bournemouth claim points in the Premier League. Any points that Bournemouth take from rivals in which Wilshere has any contribution is a net gain for the Gunners.
The only dark cloud here is that Jack needs to work on his defensive side. Not just tackling, where he has full blown Scholes disease, but simply understanding positioning and work off the ball. The danger of going to Bournemouth is that he might end up as the biggest fish in a tiny pond and feel absolved from defensive duties.
As for Wilshere, this is a fantastic opportunity to polish his game. He needs the time on the pitch and Bournemouth can oblige. Moreover, he can play in his prefered position as the creative midfielder, driving the offense forward, and setting up teammates like Benik Afobe. He could return to Arsenal and challenge Özil for a starting spot.
No matter how you feel about the loan, we can all agree that we wish Jack a happy, healthy, and successful season at Bournemouth and that they win every match against Man U, Man City, Chelsea, Liverpool, and Tottenham.
Best of luck, little guy.