Arsène Wenger is set to keep the faith in Jack Wilshere and transform him into a defensive midfielder, following the end of his pursuit for German international Sami Khedira.
The Express report that Arsenal are ready to invest their time and effort in converting Jack Wilshere into a deeper lying midfielder during pre-season for the upcoming campaign.
This comes after the club have seen moves for Sami Khedira, Lars Bender and Morgan Schneiderlin become deadlocked, with the manager keen to spend his transfer budget on more pressing issues within the squad.
Despite Jack Wilshere’s recent shenanigans on holiday in Las Vegas, The Guardian quotes Wenger this week, the manager giving the Englishman another chance at fulfilling his potential in red and white.
“I have to speak to him really to see what happened before I come out publicly. I’m not deeply concerned by it. I just want to know what happened.”
There is even more pressure on Wilshere to succeed in the upcoming season, after a disappointing World Cup with England saw the player compete for only 90 minutes of the country’s torrid display in Brazil.
Hold him back
With plenty of attacking options ahead of him at the club and the addition of Alexis Sanchez, Wenger feels as though Wilshere can flourish in the deep-lying midfielder position.
In November 2013, the French manager revealed to The Mirror in an ‘#AskArsene’ feature where he believed his prodigy would end up playing.
“His best position is as a deep-lying midfielder, where he can be a distributor. He has a good burst and vision.”
With the club’s long-term plans for the 22-year-old finally coming to fruition, it is expected that he will start in the role for Saturday’s friendly against the New York Red Bulls.
While he has been disruptive off the field, Wilshere is a world-class player who has the potential to upset the best teams in Europe.
However, he needs to have a successful pre-season campaign in order to keep his place in a side full of midfield riches. Otherwise he find himself wasting the potential that shook the world six years ago.