Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere’s future has been the subject of much debate in recent months with the 26-year-old’s contract at the Emirates due to expire at the end of the season.
The Gunners have offered him an extension, although he his thought to have turned it down due to the clubs offer of a new contract being for significantly less money than he currently makes.
Everton and Wolves have been heavily linked with the talented midfielder, and today’s news that Arsene Wenger, who had publicly stated he wanted Wilshere to stay at Arsenal, has decided to step down from his role as manager of the North London club will have thrown the England international’s future into doubt.
There is no question that the 26-year-old has bags of potential, but there remains a big question mark over whether he can stay fit for a sustained period.
However, former Chelsea captain Dennis Wise has urged his former club to take a chance on Wilshere, and thinks he would in to the Blues midfield perfectly.
“If Chelsea needed a midfield player I would definitely take Jack Wilshere,” Wise told Sky Sports.
“He’s free, he’s 26-years-old and he’s proved he’s come back to full fitness. You see the money they’ve paid for Danny Drinkwater and Tiemoue Bakayoko and I think he’s better than them.”
“I’m sure Arsenal fans wouldn’t like me saying this, but he’s for nothing if he’s walking away. Go and have a go at him. Go and take him.”
“I can’t see him going to Wolves. I think he’ll get a better club than Wolves.
“At 23, what would you have paid for him? £40m? Would I play him in the Chelsea team now? Yes, I would.
“I’d sit him alongside N’Golo Kante and I’d play him.”
“He’s a bit of a leader, I’m telling you. He gets stuck in, he doesn’t mess about and he has got a presence. I like him, I’ll have him. Send him down to Chelsea!
“I think he would be a great asset to them, I really do.
“His injury record is what it is. Someone could get injured tomorrow, so that doesn’t matter. He has proved he has come back to get away from these injuries.
“How long do you stick that enigma on him? He has proved himself over the last year what he’s capable of. He’s got himself back to playing top football.
“You think to yourself ‘well done Jack.’ Everyone was writing him off 18 months ago, but he has shut them all up.
“His timing is spot on. His agent must think they are in a really comfortable position.”