Ex-Manchester United defender Paul Parker wrote in his Eurosport blog that Jack Wilshere needs to eradicate his injury problems and change his style to secure a long-term future at Arsenal.
Parker, capped by England on 19 occasions during his playing career, said that although Wilshere shouldn’t leave Arsenal this summer, he needs to find a role in Arsene Wenger’s midfield and stay injury-free to play enough games to cement his place in the team.
On the current system:
Parker eluded to the amount of central midfielders at the club and the lack of space in the starting line-up to accommodate the England international.
He dubbed the excellent Francis Coquelin as ‘untouchable’ and said it would be hard for Wilshere in an attacking role due to the form of both Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla.
On Ramsey, who he described as excellent, he mentioned that the competition for places in the central areas was proven by Wenger’s decision to play him on the right wing.
On his injury problems:
Although Parker went on to add that the time isn’t right for 23-year-old to move on, he said he would need to eradicate his injury issues to stand ‘any chance’ of earning his place back in the side.
‘’So where does Wilshere fit into all [the Arsenal midfield] this?,’’ wrote Parker. ‘’To have any chance of earning his place back in the first XI he needs to eradicate his fitness problems and get a run of games, and that could take some time.
‘’Wilshere's been England’s next big thing for some time, but suddenly it feels as though three years have gone past the blink of an eye and you wonder where his career is heading. I don’t know that changing clubs will be the right thing for Wilshere this summer, but the fact we are even asking the question demonstrates that something has gone awry.’’
The issues surrounding Wilshere, much like Walcott, have nothing to do with his ability.
After bursting onto the scene so young and making the impact he did, it’s been hard to watch as injuries have prevented him from becoming the player he once promised to be.
A season free from injury is exactly what the youngster needs now, but given his record on the treatment table, it would be nothing short of a miracle if he achieved that.