The Bournemouth manager has said that he’d love to sign Jack Wilshere and make him a permanent part of his team. The English midfielder’s loan expires at the end of the season and Howe has admitted that he hasn’t had any talks with Arsenal about the player.
With Jack able to get guaranteed game time at the Cherry’s and not at Arsenal, it’s yet to see whether the thought of a move could turn his head. The player moved to the South Coast club at the start of this season and has managed to make 21 appearances for the club in total.
“We would love that to happen,” Howe said of a potential deal to sign Wilshere.
“I can’t rate Jack enough as a footballer and as a person and how he’s come into the team and what he’s delivered for us.
He added: “There’s been no discussion with Arsenal. As I see it Jack is on loan for the season, then we’ll look at it and Jack will look at it.
“I think Jack views this as his home at the moment until the end of the season. His heart has been here since the day he walked in the door, there have been no problems there, but it’s his right to review his options at the end of the season and to see where he goes next.
“We’ve improved a lot of the aspects of our game because of him. It’s always down to the team but he’s fitted into the team very well.
“He is producing more match defining moments for me, the pass for Josh King at Everton was sublime, and I think there are more moments like that to come.”
However yesterday Wenger confirmed that he wants to keep the player at the club in the long term and that his move to Bournemouth was only a short term solution to the players need for game time:
“No, no [discussions have taken place about a permanent move].
“Yes [I expect him to return to the Emirates]. We have, at the moment, had no move from Bournemouth for Jack Wilshere.”
It’s the view of the majority of Arsenal fans that they want the player to remain at the club, and they would much rather see struggling midfielder Aaron Ramsey make way for the player. Where he would fit in is another matter, with Cazorla being the main offensive player in the centre of the park.