The Transfer Tavern’s Arsenal patrons simply can’t believe Jack Wilshere has suffered yet another long-term injury, after fracturing his leg against Tottenham Hotspur last weekend.
The Gunners midfielder has spent the season on loan at Bournemouth in a bid to regain his fitness after enduring a spate of injury-riddled campaigns at the Emirates Stadium. But after an awkward challenge on Spurs striker Harry Kane, the England international has been ruled out for the rest of the season.
Indeed, barring a stunning first season in north London, the vast majority of the 25-year-old’s senior career has been dominated by continuous injury problems, starting just 115 league games since making his debut in 2008.
And somewhat surprisingly to Arsenal fans in the Tavern, former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino, who now works as a TV pundit and a columnist for The Times, has reacted to Wilshere’s latest injury woes by criticising the 34-cap international.
In addition to comments about his ‘bandy gait‘, Cascarino feels Wilshere took the easy option in moving to the Vitality Stadium last summer, when he could have followed England team-mate Joe Hart’s lead in joining a foreign club on a one-year deal.
In his column for The Times, Cascarino said; “Jack Wilshere took the easy option this season, but it won’t feel that way now. He should have challenged himself, done everything possible to focus on his game, but he has fallen down the beanstalk… at the age of 25, he has a massive challenge to become relevant again.
“I look at Wilshere and wonder whether he has done enough off the pitch, whether his dedication has been everything it might have been. Nobody can legislate for injuries but he has been operating in a comfort zone.
“I remember reading that one of the reasons Wilshere joined Bournemouth on loan was because of his friendship with Benik Afobe. But you don’t go to a new club because one of your mates is there. I thought he should have gone abroad… Joe Hart was brave like that and he’ll come back to the Premier League from Torino better and wiser for the experience.”
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