The Jack Wilshere conundrum is really taking a toll on the Arsenal Fans
It’s really high time that Arsenal sort out the Jack Wilshere situation. If not for themselves or for the player, at least it should be done for the fans; Arsenal really need to solve the limbo in which Jack Wilshere currently finds himself as soon as possible.
The career of Jack Wilshere has been through quite a number of topsy-turvy times. From being heralded as the greatest English midfielder for years to come to being a sick, loaned-out and deemed to surplus player, Wilshere has been through it all and yet remains an Arsenal man at heart.
In a world where Players like Sanchez come and go, it’s tough finding thoroughbred players like Jack Wilshere who play for the badge at the front of the shirt, rather than the name at the back. We have seen him go through hell for a year and a half and then go out on loan and play in the League in different colours, and it must have been difficult for him to leave the club in order to earn a new contract at the club.
Now he is back again at Arsenal and it’s been a heck of a journey for our number 10. From being one of the fringe players to finding the groove and establishing himself as the first choice midfield player in a team dominated by the presence of established stars like Ozil, Mikhitaryan, Xhaka and Ramsey, Wilshere has done it all and he’s done it well. Often being the lone bright spark in an otherwise flat, timid, uninspiring team in certain away games this season, Wilshere has done exactly what was needed of him in reminding the Arsenal hierarchy why they truly need him in the club for years to come.
Up until February, the huge black cloud over the emirates was that of uncertainty and indecision. Will Ozil stay or will he be off to Manchester United under Jose? Will Sanchez go to City or United? This was what everybody needed to know. Frankly, at one point of time it felt like all I needed was just a darn conclusion to all this mess and non-stop distraction. Such was the dominance with talks of these two guys, you could be forgiven for forgetting that also Jack was on the last six months of his contract.
And now when we are finally over with two of the most drawn out and frustrating contract renewals in the history of contract renewals, surely some compassion must be shown if not to the player at least to the fans with the issue of contract renewals. Every fan wants Jack to stay, and so does every staff member, former player, the manager, pundits; everyone is clear in their minds about one thing, Jack Wilshere is an Arsenal man and he needs to stay at Arsenal. Jack has emphasized this on too many occasions, so when will this fiasco be put to bed?
Presently, Wilshere is the longest serving player in the squad and as an Arsenal fan I believe it would be a darn crime not to offer him a contract worthy of his commitment and dedication to the club. To me, Wilshere is the only one who has actually adopted the Mr Arsenal Tag from Tony Adams with his displays and dedication for the club, and he shows it so well!
Playing in midfield for the club he loves and playing as if his life is on the line, that’s the Jack we have seen this season and that is someone who deserves to lead this club in the future.
Arsene was quite vocal about why exactly he had entrusted Jack Wilshere with the captain’s armband on a number of occasions this season in the absence of Cech and Koscielny:
“He has strong links with the club and as well he is a kind of leader due to his attitude and for his tactical knowledge on the pitch.”
“Jack Wilshere is a big quality, apart from his technical top qualities, he has the right personality.
“He’s in the right place on the pitch and now he has the maturity to organise around him, that is why I played him central.
“And I thought just the combination of history, the fact that he is a long term player for the club, and the fact of his experience and knowledge now, I chose to make him captain.”
That to me sounds like a player who is a talismanic leader in the team and is set for the long-haul with a clear ambition of leading the club for years to come. So why not just let him? For a player that wears his heart on his sleeve, who is universally adored by fans all across the globe, who is respected and whose biggest ally in the board room is his manager; why can’t the club just offer him a contract which befits a player of his stature rather than a ‘pay as you go contract’.
Such an offer is nothing but insulting to a player who has given his all for the club and has stayed put when he could have gone somewhere else, with there being nothing the club could do about it. The reported deal would incentivize his performance and offer him a wage based on how frequently he plays, which basically amounts to the club punishing the player for his future injuries.
Right now, there’s no question of his desire and commitment to the club. However, what is questionable is the club’s, and more importantly the BoD’s, desire and commitment to him.
From this fan’s point of view, the longer the contract renewal limbo drags on the more it becomes unbearable for us the fans, for the player himself and for the manager, because, come June, if the situation is not resolved before Jack boards the flight for Russia neither of the three will have a happy ending to this story.
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