Wilshere was told he could leave Arsenal last summer

Laverne Mann
March 24, 2018

He spent last season on loan at Bournemouth and was told before that by Arsene Wenger that he was free to leave Arsenal, but instead chose to battle for a new deal.

With Jack Wilshere seemingly on his way out and (far less believable) rumours surrounding the future of Aaron Ramsey, a new midfielder at the Emirates certainly wouldn't hurt, but we're dealing with Lyon here.

"It's a different feel now".

"So when the boss said I could leave, I wasn't still thinking: 'I need to get out and play games.' It was more of a case of getting fully fit and showing what I could do".

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But yes the Arsenal midfielder, perennially injured Englishman will once again manage to miss a match because of injury and it was due to be his first appearance for the national side since his role in Roy Hodgson's side's embarrassing loss to Iceland in Euro 2016.

The Morocco-born winger won the Norwegian double with Molde in 2014, and helped Basel win the Swiss league and cup last season. "We don't want to set ourselves any targets but I think going through after the World Cup the group is in a good position", he added. He has made just five England starts since 2014. "And with this group of players, it wouldn't be fair".

"But I'm sure it's not a big injury, it's just these niggles he keeps picking up now". Ideally, yes, I want it sorted as soon as possible.

The 26-year-old, having finally appeared to prove his fitness, was included by Southgate in the 26-man squad to face Holland on Friday and Italy on Tuesday but did not train on Thursday after suffering a tendon problem in his knee. But of course I know a club like this has many players on its radar. And I always had confidence I could get back into the midfield if I got my fitness back and kept it - and I did that. It is the top level for any player. "I follow Napoli a lot and is fighting against a team like Juventus".

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