Video - Wenger gives Jack Wilshere a lavish tag after loan move
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has just sent Jack Wilshere out on loan for a season, but he has insisted the 'world class' midfielder still has a big future at his club.
Wenger has spoken for the first time about the decision to allow the 24-year-old England star to leave Arsenal, with these comments suggesting he will get a chance to rebuild his career with the club he has been with all his life next season.
“Wilshere is a world class player,” declared Wenger.
“For me, it’s a chance for him to play regularly to get back to being a world class player.
“We had a chat together and he was concerned that he would not get enough competition and games early enough. The challenge is for him to play games.
“He wanted games, that’s his desire and I thought it was logical. It’s important that he gets the number of games.
“I hope personally he will stay his whole career here.”
Wenger also offered up his comments on Alexis Sanchez’s claims in an interview earlier this week that he is one of the world’s great players, on par with Barcelona star Lionel Messi and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo.
“He’s ambitious and wants to win every single game so it is good that he has that ambition to be the best,” stated Wenger. “He has the ambition and the quality and it is up to him to show that.
“Ronaldo and Messi have done that for years and the consistency of their performance speaks for itself. Hopefully Alexis can get that.”
Wenger confirmed that Sanchez only returned from international duty with Chile on Thursday night and he has yet to decide whether to start him against Southampton on Saturday, with the Arsenal boss suggesting his squad has strength in depth to cope with his potential absence.
“This is the most mature squad I have had for a long time,” he added. “They are men. It is the first time I have had a team of men that are ready to compete. They have to show they are good enough.”
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