Is Jack Wilshere’s time at Arsenal coming to an end? The latest reports suggest it’s heading that way.
His contract expires in a few weeks and talks over an extension had been going well. But Wilshere is now having doubts after talking about his role with new boss Unai Emery.
Emery reportedly told the 26-year-old he wouldn’t be a guaranteed starter.
Having come through the ranks in North London, Wilshere has a big decision on his hands. If he leaves in search of regular playing time, there’ll be plenty of interest.
We’ve taken a look at some of his domestic options:
Our odds have West Ham in pole position for Wilshere’s signature. After the ambitious appointment of Manuel Pellegrini, the Hammers are chasing several big-name players.
Wilshere would fit that mould and help them play the attacking football that West Ham fans crave. Very few English midfielders are as comfortable on the ball.
The East London club expected to take the step to the next level after moving into the London Stadium. Wilshere’s arrival could help them get there a little later than planned.
A move to Palace would allow Wilshere to reunite with Roy Hodgson. The experienced manager essentially built his England side around Wilshere’s passing ability. He played a midfield diamond, with Wilshere at the base.
Rather than play second fiddle at Arsenal, a move to a smaller club where he’ll be a key player could appeal.
Wilshere is a very different player to Ruben Loftus-Cheek, but Palace do also have a midfield position that needs to be filled following the Chelsea loanee’s departure.
New Everton manager Marco Silva has been tasked with getting the club to challenge for a top-six spot again. And he’ll be expected to serve up better football than the team produced under Sam Allardyce.
Wilshere could help on both fronts. He’s got plenty of experience at the top end of the game and has a point to prove.
His arrival could also help talented youngsters like Tom Davies, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ademola Lookman flourish.
Wolves looked like a Premier League team in waiting last season. The Championship winners will have much grander aims than simply securing survival.
Now they’re in the top-flight, capturing a player of Wilshere’s standing would make a real statement about their intentions. Bringing in the Arsenal man could be a great piece of business on and off the pitch – his presence would help them to attract other big names.
All Odds and Markets correct as of date of publication