Wilshere to exit Arsenal on loan after England warning

Matt Stead

Arsenal will allow Jack Wilshere to leave on loan before this summer’s transfer deadline.

The Gunners midfielder has had his development at the Emirates Stadium stunted after a number of injury setbacks, and Arsenal are now prepared to let him leave on loan in order to gain much-needed first-team experience.

The 24-year-old is likely to find opportunities difficult to come by under Arsene Wenger this season, with Granit Xhaka, Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey, Francis Coquelin and Mohamed Elneny all vying for midfield positions.

According to Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail, Wenger “believes Wilshere still has a long-term role at the Emirates, but feels he will benefit from playing regularly”.

The midfielder will not be allowed to move to a top-four rival, but Juventus are among those already alerted to his availability.

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Valencia made a loan approach in January, but may not revisit their interest after Gary Neville’s exit as manager.

The news comes after Wilshere’s omission from Sam Allardyce’s first England squad, and the subsequent warning from his new international manager.

The 61-year-old said: “Jack just hasn’t had enough game time. Hopefully he will get that in the future at Arsenal.

“If Jack Wilshere was playing every week for Arsenal he would be in the squad, but unfortunately he isn’t. It is game time for him and it has been few and far between because he has had too many injuries unfortunately.

“It is a question of game time and the contribution he is making to Arsenal and he is not doing that at the moment, so I left him out.”