Unreal watching Arsenal fans lose their minds over Gareth Southgate’s comments about Jack Wilshere and where he should play.
Have we learned NOTHING.
#1 Jack not playing during international week is a GOOD thing
One minute we’re lambasting Spurs for dropping Harry Kane out of an England friendly because of the competitive advantage. The next, we’re losing our minds that Jack Wilshere — a player who has spent most of his career injured — is not part of a pretty bland squad playing a pointless game. He needs to be looked after, not overplayed.
#2 Jack should play deeper, via Gareth Southgate
“Jack played as a number 10 all of last season on loan at Bournemouth,”
“That is not the way we are playing. When we have played with a 10, we have had Dele and (Adam) Lallana. But we are not playing with a 10 tomorrow.
“I don’t think Jack is a 10. I think he is a deeper player, but he is not playing deeper. You’d have to ask Arsene (Wenger, the Arsenal manager) why that was.”
This sent the internet into a spin. I have no idea why. Most of Jack’s success for England came from a deeper lying midfield position. In fact, he liked playing there so much, he made a public plea for more of the same at Arsenal.
‘I wouldn’t mind playing there for Arsenal,’
‘I’ve already spoken to the manager about it and he doesn’t see me playing that holding role just yet. That’s his decision.
‘At the moment Mikel Arteta is injured and Mathieu Flamini is playing that role. It’s down to him.’
Anyway, point being, he saw a chance to develop in a deeper role. Also, let’s be honest, it’s been clear for a while he’s not really the baller number ten we’d hoped for. He spent a season at Bournemouth as a #10 and dropped, what, 2 assists and 0 goals in 22 PL appearances? Hardly inspiring numbers.
But on a positive, let’s be real here, we have a big, big problem with Xhaka. Could Jack help there? Is he more suited to that deeper position? He doesn’t quite have the pace, but sheesh… Matic isn’t exactly Usain Bolt and he offers a lot to United, and my nan is faster than Xhaka.
The future of Jack, if he can stay fit, could be very interesting in that deeper role. He’s more mobile than Xhaka, has the same range of passing, makes far less mistakes and he can break the lines with his dribbling skills. He’s also proved himself in that role at international level.
I wonder why Wenger doesn’t see the opportunity?