The future of Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has been called into question by an editorial in The Times.
The injury prone England star has not played since mid-November, and when he does, the challenge is break back into the side, having last season failed to make the starting line-up for the FA Cup Final.
Matt Hughes' article in The Times is particularly pessimistic about the 23-year-old's prospects, arguing that if Wilshere can't prove himself by next season, he may have to give up on his Arsenal dream already.
It reads: "Wenger has been trumpeting the strength in depth of his squad for some time – hence his reluctance to add to it – but for once he appears to be right, and Wilshere could be the biggest casualty. The tipping point has not been reached as yet, but at some point next season Wilshere may have to consider moving on in order to revitalise his career."
Reaction: Is this likely?
For Wilshere to give up on his Arsenal future, would require Arsene Wenger to do the same, and this does not look likely.
The Frenchman has great faith in the midfielder, throwing him into the first team as a 17-year-old, and what is being neglected among the negativity is the form he was in before his injury at The Emirates against Manchester United.
Wilshere was a regular starter for the Gunners, stepping up in the absence of Aaron Ramsey through injury and then overshadowing the Welshman when he returned.
The midfielder told Arsenal's website in October that he was happy with how he was 'dominating' games, and the spell at the start of the season alone is likely to give him belief he can crack it at the club if he can keep fit.
Given Arsene Wenger's unrelenting loyalty to Abou Diaby, it's hard to see him cutting Wilshere loose, nor is it likely to expect the player who previously told the Guardian he wanted to play for Arsenal for his entire career, deciding to call it quits early.
It's not conceivable he would move to play for a rival, nor is there any attraction to take a step downwards, given his long standing connection with Arsenal. Wilshere has a determined personality on the field, and it's hard to expect him to take the opposite approach to a career at the club he loves, still with so many years as a professional ahead of him.