Sooooooo, not often you’d see widespread condemnation of Arsenal tying a young English player down to a new deal. But, that’s what’s just happened.
Jack Wilshere, a man more elusive than Abou Diaby, has managed to land a £31.5m deal, despite hardly ever playing.
It’s a weird one. He’s a player that ran the show against Barcelona as a kid. He was our future captain. He was the new Mr Arsenal.
… yet the deal sticks in the throat a little bit.
JackWilshere is being paid £110,000 a week. It’s a monster salary for someone who really has struggled to make a dent in even a Lucozade bottle (cause he’d leave his foot in and roll his ankle) over the last few years. He’s not young anymore, he’s the same age Cesc was when we dropped him off at Barcelona. He’s a year younger than Aaron Ramsey, he’s 5 years older than Bellerin, 5 older than Delle Ali of Spurs. 4 years older than Raheem Sterling… players doing things for their clubs.
He’s middle aged for a footballer these days.
It’s a weird one, because I’d understand the logic if we were signing a player who was in a good place. But for me, Jack still doesn’t know his best position, is he a DM, is he a future Mesut Ozil or is he a wide players? I mean, how can you be dishing out deals like that to a player that barely plays, has barely developed and doesn’t even have a role in the team?
Seems odd. But what’s the other option? Let him go? I mean, part of me thinks that would be really sad.
What else are we expecting, that he’d take a pay cut?
I mean, really, the only option was to pay and hope.
There’s something in there, it’s just a bit of a worry that we’re investing a heap of cash in a player that’s a long way off playing and a long way off delivering to his £100k a week valuation…
Anyway, that’s your lot today, let me know what you think in the comments!