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Jack Wilshere a big winner if Arsenal sign Fellaini

Arsenal have been linked with a big money move for Marouane Fellaini, which will benefit Jack Wilshere.

Ever since being handed his first team debut at Arsenal, Jack Wilshere's career has been much of a whirlwind.

From Arsenal's Golden Boy he has become England's too - with only injury stunting the development and hype from growing even further.

Wilshere made his comeback this season from 15 months out of action with an ankle injury, only for history to repeat itself at the end of the campaign, with the midfielder missing the Gunners' late charge to reclaim fourth spot.

His injury woes came as little surprise, because after coming back he was not eased back into action, but thrown straight in.

Wilshere began playing regularly, starting week in week out and becoming once again in Wenger's eyes 'undroppable.'

The reasons for this have been two-fold, firstly Wilshere's superb talent, and more so a lack of quality competition in Arsenal's midfield.

Wilshere is one of a first-choice trio along with Santi Cazorla and Mikel Arteta, who lack reliable competition.

Aaron Ramsey played well at the end of the season, but is unlikely to displace any of the three any time soon, while Abou Diaby and Tomas Rosicky's injury woes make them players the club cannot put their 100 per cent trust in as has been proved over the past several seasons.

The arrival of Marouane Fellaini would change all this, and no player in the Arsenal side would be guaranteed their place with the Belgian looking to become a regular starter himself if a record fee is paid for him.

One answer is to place Santi Cazorla out wide, which has shown on occasion to limit his effectiveness, but really his signing will be with Jack Wilshere's development in mind.

Arsene Wenger will feel less 'need' to start the Englishman in every game he can as a result, which will benefit the boy wonder.

It will allow him greater rest and recovery time to sort out his fitness, and not damage his effectiveness in the long-term. It will also mean when he does start he will be fresher and make a greater impact.

After admitting he could have protected Wilshere more this season, and seeing his star pick up another injury at the end of the season, you suspect Arsene Wenger realises the situation cannot continue as it has been, which is why moving for Fellaini is an excellent choice.


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