London nudie mag, the Daily Star, is reporting that Arsenal’s playboy midfielder Jack Wilshere is set to make the switch across town to Wet Hams.
Wet Hams are set to spend big this summer to paper over their Andy Carroll sized cracks in attack. In what will almost certainly be the best deal of the summer, The Hammers have an agreement to steal Chicharito from Bayer Leverkusen for a mere £13m. And in what will almost certainly be the bust of the summer, Wet Hams are set to sign Marko Arnautovic from Stoke for £23m and make him their highest paid player. Arnautovic won’t add much in terms of goals or assists for West Ham but he does add a lot in attack with his striking ability to attack players arms, legs, shoulders, and to push people down when they are in mid-air.
Reportedly Arsenal have rejected a bid of £6m from Sampdoria for Wilshere and are asking for £9m. Nine million strikes many Arsenal supporters as far too cheap for a player once tipped to be the next Paul Gascoigne but considering the fact that Wilshere’s games played per season chart looks like Charlie Brown’s famous yellow shirt, the price may be right.
Nine million is cheap for a player who was named by Dani Alves as the one player he would sign for Barcelona. Wilshere was also hailed by Barca star Xavi as the future of English football. And while Paul Hayward, of the Guardian, considered him the future of English football in 2011 all of these praises came with one caveat: if he can shake off his problems with injury.
Wilshere never shook off those injury problems and even now is recovering from yet another broken leg. Wenger was asked where he saw Wilshere with Arsenal next season and answered:
“I will give you a very focused answer on that. He has to work hard to come back and fight for a place in the team. But once he is ready, when he comes back, he will not be far from practising with the team.”
“He will not be far from practicing with the team” is hardly a guarantee that this once-future-of-England player figures in Arsenal’s plans at all this fall.
Wilshere was loaned to Bournemouth last season in order compete for a place at Arsenal and did well enough in the first part to draw praise. But Eddie Howe had to drop him from the starting lineup after a shocking performance against Man City in February forced a sub at half time. Wilshere was protected by Howe saying that he dropped the Arsenal man in order to manage his physical fitness, but with Wilshere sidelined AFC Bournemouth looked a much more focused defensive unit and won two of their next four matches, earning 8 points. Once Wilshere came back in the side they lost two of three. And with Wilshere out in the last five matches Bournemouth won three of five games, collecting 17 points, and avoided relegation.
If Jack Wilshere stays with Arsenal until the end of the season he will be due a testimonial. A more complete “WHY JACK WHY” article will be penned if he should make the transfer.