Pep Guardiola lauded Jack Wilshere as a ‘special’ talent and dropped a hint at Manchester City possibly making a move for the English midfielder
Pep Guardiola, in an interview with The Telegraph, hailed Jack Wilshere as a ‘special’ talent as he spoke ahead of Manchester City’s trip to Bournemouth. The City boss will be watching the Cherries’ on-loan Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere in action on Monday night and he dropped a hint about a possible move for the Englishman.
Guardiola talked in glowing terms about a previous occasion when he watched Wilshere as he said, “I remember in Barcelona and that year we played Arsenal. He left a massive impression when he came. A high, high level. I know the problem with Jack Wilshere was just the injuries.”
Guardiola then hailed Wilshere as one of the best midfielders as he added, “He’s lucky to play regularly for one season and he is going to be back to being one of the best midfield players in England by far. He’s quality, he’s smart and has the quality on the ball.
“He has a special quality with the ball, dribbling as a holding midfielder to attack central defenders – it’s not easy to do that. He has quality to pass, pass, pass and then immediately destroy the defensive structures. I’m so happy he’s back and he’s playing regularly. Hopefully on Monday he can play.”
Wilshere has finally managed to make a mark this season after years of being pegged back by a spate of injuries and having his growth hampered. And at the start of the season, the 25-year-old was sent on loan to Bournemouth, with Arsene Wenger having an abundance of options and thus asking Wilshere to prove himself away from the Emirates Stadium.
The move has been a fruitful one for Wilshere who has been at his resurgent best, appearing for Bournemouth in all but two matches, having been forced to miss the two games that the Cherries played against his parent club Arsenal.
What has been notable this season about Wilshere is that he has been at the centre of Bournemouth’s attacking moves, linking defence with attack and making incisive passes to set up chances for his forwards.
His talent is undoubted, which is why Wilshere doesn’t have a dearth of suitors for him, with several clubs across Europe linked with a move for the England international. However, with Wilshere being a boyhood Arsenal fan, there is little doubt as to where he’d prefer to be next season.
Having said that, there is growing uncertainty about his position at Arsenal with his contract set to expire at the end of the season. With Arsene Wenger not giving any hint whatsoever about a renewal, there has been speculation about a move away from the Emirates Stadium in the summer.
Manchester City are long-time admirers and Pep Guardiola clearly rates him highly. Could that be a sign of Wilshere possibly making a summer move to the Etihad Stadium?