Jay Bothroyd says Wilshere is a squad player

England's Jack Wilshere

The 24-year-old has seen so much of his Arsenal career pass him by due to injury.

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere in action

Former Arsenal striker Jay Bothroyd has claimed that midfielder Jack Wilshere should only be considered a squad player in North London.

The 24-year-old started one match for the Gunners this past season following what was yet another injury-ravaged campaign, meaning Wilshere has three starts under his belt in 18 months.

Since he has been injured, a number of Arsenal players have impressed in his central midfield role, including the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla, and more recently Mohamed Elneny, a January signing from Basel.

England's Gary Cahill, Jack Wilshere and Eric Dier look dejected after Turkey's Hakan Calhanoglu scored their first goal

And Bothroyd, who began his career with the Gunners, simply does not see a prominent role for the England international at the Emirates any longer.

Wilshere also wears the number 10 shirt, following in the footsteps of Dennis Bergkamp, and Bothroyd also feels that is an injustice to the legendary Dutchman.

England's Jack Wilshere during training

Despite a lack of regular football, Wilshere, who started England's 2-1 friendly win over Turkey at the weekend, looks set to be taken to France this summer for Euro 2016.

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere with manager Arsene Wenger as he is subtituted

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