So that’s a wrap. The transfer window has come and gone, and there is a sense of shock after a somewhat surprising deadline day. One of the standout transfers it brought was Jack Wilshere’s loan move from Arsenal to Bournemouth.
The England international has had a torrid time with injuries throughout his career, and this move to Bournemouth presents him with a chance to get back to the top of his game.
At 24, this is a critical point in his career, and there is a sense that if he is unable to deliver this time, then he may never truly fulfill his potential.
However, if Arsenal are to fully offload him, they could be in for a serious windfall, according to Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson. The former England international said that Wilshere is worth £30 million, while giving his two cents on the loan move.
“I think it’s a great move for both [clubs].
“Bournemouth are getting a £30m player for pretty much nothing for one season, so credit to Bournemouth, to the players and to the staff.
“Arsene Wenger has probably said to Wilshere, ‘Go down to Bournemouth, they play good football, they get the ball on the floor, they’ll go through you’. And for me, if he can get the games going, he’ll be the difference in keeping them up this season. It’s a great signing.
“He’s probably been doubting himself with his confidence having been dropped by England and I just think the lad needs to get playing. When he first got on the scene at Arsenal he was a bit of a jack the lad in a good way; confident, wanting the ball. ‘I should be in this team,’ he’d be saying to Wenger, ‘I shouldn’t be sub’.”