Bournemouth: Thanks, but no thanks to free-transfer Jack Wilshere

Date published: Friday 12th May 2017 11:21

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere will not be making his loan move to Bournemouth permanent.

Wilshere, 25, joined the Cherries on a season-long loan in August 2016 and made 29 Premier League appearances failing to score.

But he suffered a hairline crack in his left fibula in the recent defeat at Spurs and was ruled out of Bournemouth’s last five games of the season.

He returned to Arsenal for treatment and Bournemouth boss labelled his departure a “big blow”, but the Cherries gaffer will not be looking to bring the England man back to the south coast next season.

“It was really nice to have Jack here for a period. We wish him well for the future,” said Howe. “We’ve started processes to identify players for next season. But in terms of names, positions etc, I won’t be saying any further.”

Arsene Wenger said he expects the midfielder to return in July for pre-season training.

“I felt sad when he was injured again,” said Wenger last month. “Jack is a great football player with a great football brain. His career has been stopped by many injuries.”

Wilshere is expected to hold talks with Arsenal over his future with his contract set to expire next month, but if he cannot agree terms he will become a free agent.

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