There is a very good reason Arsenal should be hoping Manchester United don’t sign Thiago Alcantara from Barcelona.
That reason comes in the form of current Gunners star Jack Wilshere, who the Spanish press seem to have suggested as the replacement for Thiago should he make an Old Trafford switch.
The possible Thiago deal for United has been gathering pace over the last couple of weeks but the Gunners will be hoping it never happens as it may see them losing their best player to the Spanish giants.
However, Arsenal fans shouldn’t be too daunted by the prospect of Wilshere leaving because there’s actually only a minute chance that it will happen.
The midfielder is tied down to the Gunners on a very long contract to 2018, which would make him immensely expensive to any side coming in and looking to try and sign him.
The cash wouldn’t be a problem for Barcelona but Wilshere’s contract, and the fact he doesn’t want to leave Arsenal, means the Gunners can toy with the Catalan side and play hard ball over any price.
He’s also a player that Arsene Wenger seems ready to build his next generations of Arsenal teams around because he’s still only 21-years-old.
Wilshere is also a player that former Barcelona boss Pepe Guardiola said wasn’t good enough to get into the Barcelona first team.
“He's lucky, as Arsenal have time. There is not the pressure to win titles as quickly as possible. We have second-team players like him,” said Guardiola in 2011.
Wilshere is now a much better player than when Guardiola first talked about him but the context surrounding how he would potentially be used at Barcelona hasn’t changed and also makes a move pointless.
The reason Thiago seems to be even considering a move away from the Spanish club is because he cannot break through that duo of Xavi and Andres Iniesta in the current side.
He made just 15 starts and 12 sub appearances in La Liga last season, suggesting Barcelona aren’t looking to break up that duo just yet and Wilshere would more than likely face a similar situation as the Manchester United target.
Also bear in mind where the press reports are coming from because the Catalan press, in this case Mundo Deportivo, have never been shy of coming up with big headlines and stories just to shift a few more publications.
Should Thiago go to United then Wilshere is a possible player Barcelona could target but breaking down the merits of a move shows that he’s more than safe at Arsenal where he’s guaranteed football, protected and is substantially important to the team.
Do you think there is any chance at all Wilshere could go to Barcelona?
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