Once proclaimed to be the best English midfielder after his heroics at Nou Camp when he was just 18, Arsenal Wilshere’s future hasn’t turned out to be so great. Everytime he makes it to the starting XI the first thing that supporters wish for is that he at least lasts the whole match, such is his injury record. The Englishman has hardly played any regular football in last 2-3 years. Even though Arsene Wenger has full faith in his potential, his injury woes let him down every time.
Now, a season long loan move to Bournemouth might turn out to be either career defining or career ending depending upon his fitness.
Wilshere, who has been limited to two substitute appearances this season, was excluded from Sam Allardyce’s first England squad on Sunday having effectively fallen behind the new Gunners’ signings Granit Xhaka, Mohamed Elneny and Spaniard Santi Cazorla who also has to fight for his place in central midfield at Arsenal. Arsène Wenger granted him permission to seek a move from the Emirates Stadium to gain more game time after two injury-ravaged seasons.
His availability in transfer market sparked a battle among clubs across Europe and that itself is a measure of his potential if he manages to stay fit. Wilshere had earmarked the offers from Bournemouth, Crystal Palace, Roma and Milan for particular attention. He met Eddie Howe and Alan Pardew respectively for talks on Tuesday, and spoke with the former Tottenham Hotspur director of football Franco Baldini, who is now working as a transfer consultant for Roma, on Wednesday.
Moving over to the other side of the London and Arsenal’s fiercest rivals, Chelsea, who have re-signed David Luiz in £30m deal from Paris Saint Germain who bought him for £50m in the summer of 2014.
On his shock return to Chelsea, Luiz said, “I’m delighted to return to Chelsea. We had a fantastic story during my first time at the club and I want to help the team and Antonio Conte achieve a lot of success.”
“I always had a wonderful relationship with the fans and I am looking forward to wearing the blue shirt at Stamford Bridge once again.”
Signing of the 29 year old defender for £30m whom they sold for £50m looks more like a panic buy, but no matter what it is it surely was the most astonishing deal of the day.
After signing Fiorentina’s full back Marco Alonso for £23m, Luiz was Chelsea’s second buy on the deadline day.
Having earned a reputation for taking unnecessary risks and making costly mistakes during his first three-year spell at Chelsea, Luiz does not appear to fit Conte’s criteria for a central defender. But the Brazilian gives Conte the option to switch to three at the back and, crucially, can carry the ball out of defence – something Chelsea have missed ever since his departure.