The Arsenal fans in the Transfer Tavern are incredibly pleased to see that their side have been linked with a move for Luka Modric in recent days, but they are concerned that his arrival could spell the end of Jack Wilshere’s career in North-London.
Regardless of whether Arsene Wenger remains in charge at The Emirates Stadium beyond the end of the season, it’s clear that Arsenal will need to reinvest in new talent this summer if they wish to compete for the top-four next season. It’s a sorry admission for a club who considered anything less than a title-challenge as unacceptable just a few years ago, but they have to accept that the league is changing and that they must invest in new players to keep pace with the big-spending sides who lead the way at the summit of the Premier League.
It appears that the club are already looking forward to the summer and identifying players who can transform their fortunes next season, as Arsenal are lining up a £53 million bid for Real Madrid’s Luka Modric according to Spanish media outlet Don Balon (via the Daily Express). A transfer which saw Modric swap Madrid for North-London would be a sensational move for an abundance of reasons, not least because he is regarded as something of a legend by the Lilywhites punters propping up our bar.
However, if Arsenal were to sign Modric in the summer it would surely end Jack Wilshere’s career at the club – a fact which Wenger must consider before going ahead with a potential deal. Wilshere’s contract is due to expire in the summer, and his future currently hangs in the balance.
At the beginning of the season Wilshere’s career at the club appeared to be petering into insignificance, but since he was restored to the first-team before the turn of the year he has been one of The Gunners most consistent players. As such, he has worked his way back into the England squad and rapidly become a favourite amongst the supporters once again, so losing him this summer would certainly be a huge blow for the club.
Clearly there is no place for both Wilshere and Modric in the same side due to their similar playing styles, so Modric’s arrival is likely to convince him to embark on a new challenge.
At 26-year-old Wilshere has to think about his long term aspirations. He has underachieved so far during his career, and time is running out for him to change that, so if he has no guarantee of first-team football next season due to the increased competition from Modric, there is no doubt he will be on his way out of The Emirates.