Jack Wilshere may be gutted to leave Arsenal – and of course miss out on the England World Cup squad, especially given the Three Lions managed to get to the semi-finals, but he has a bright future ahead of him.
The midfielder has left his boyhood club and has made the move across London to West Ham, where he’s been tipped to shine – and play a key role in Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
That’s according to Ray Parlour, who spoke with Standard Sport and lavished praise on the midfielder.
“Jack Wilshere has made a big decision and it was his to make,” Parlour said. “He met the manager and realised he might have been third or fourth in the pecking order.
“As a player who has missed so much football he needs to play.
“West Ham have got a very good signing there. We always look at his his fitness record but if he can stay fit we all know how good he is. That is what West Ham have to manage now.
“I’m gutted that he’s left because I would love to see him still in an Arsenal shirt but I’m really pleased he’s gone to a club to play football because there is nothing worse than training hard all week and then sitting in the stands.
“He is going to be their main man in midfield and will get a lot of game time.
“He is a magnificent player – there are only two players I’ve seen as youngsters come straight through to the first-team that I have thought ‘these are going to be top, top stars’. One was Jack and the other Cesc Fabregas.”
New Arsenal manager Unai Emery isn’t pulling any punches when it comes to what he wants from the players next season, and already made it clear to Wilshere that he could stay, but would not be a huge part of his plans.
The manager is reportedly also instructing his board to make a move for Steven N’Zonzi, who was a key player during the World Cup and could bring some much needed stability to the Arsenal midfield, with the fans asking for a player in that role who could actually do the job for some time now.