How Much is That Wilshere in The Window?
It's time for Arsene Wenger to put his homegrown talent in the storefront window and see what type of offers he can get.
It's time for Wenger to cash in on Jack Wilshere.
If the likes of Manchester City are willing to cross the 30 million pound threshold to sign the injury-prone Englishman, then the Professor should look to strike while the iron is hot. Now is the time to give Wilshere enough minutes to impress, to maximize his value by playing him verse lesser-weights in the remaining league matches, and praise him publicly in the media, all with the aim of driving his perceived value through the roof.
During the 2014/15 season Arsenal were a better team without Jack Wilshere.
The committed, but foolhardy, approach of the battling midfielder may, in the long-term, see his talents wasted. His temper and decision making leads him into reckless challenges he has no business trying to win. Getting stuck-in is one thing, overreaching and overextending is another. His sensitive ankles are an issue that seem to weaken the overall integrity of his lower-body. Tactical discipline is lacking. Wilshere won't be able to self-regulate and play in a deeper-lying central role for Arsenal. His talents are in the attacking-third, that's where he thrives, and the Club and the player would be better suited if they parted ways. Supporters will cringe when for the first few weeks Wilshere is magisterial in another team's kit, but they will soon be relieved, when, by the 3-month mark of a new campaign he ends up on the sidelines through injury.
A regretful farewell on the cards.
Come early June, Wenger should jettison the Gunners no. 10 and use the funds to sign Morgan Schneiderlin from Southampton.
The sizable fortune Wenger must demand for selling one of his young prodigies to a direct title rival is a calculated risk worth taking if it means he feels comfortable splashing the cash to sign the Saint's defensive virtuoso. The French play-breaker would be the perfect addition to keep Francis Coquelin on his toes, hungry to maintain his place, while providing a balanced cover should either get inured, and could also be played in tandem during hard to maneuver away matches verse Chelsea and Manchester United.
Selling Wilshere to fund a move for Schneiderlin makes Arsenal a more balanced team and gets them closer to challenging for the BPL title, and would leave a few bills in the bank to fund another transfer Arsenal needs to make.
The North Londoners should go after Real Madrid's Francisco Roman Alarcon Suarez.
Isco is the the heir apparent to Santi Cazorla and can banish the ghosts of Cesc Fabregas.
At just 23 years of age, his silky right-foot, off-the-charts vision, creativity, and ability to convert chances make him a transfer target worth spending big on. The Andalusian has too much inherent ability, and valuable upside, to let slip away if he is to become available. Cazorla's not getting any younger and Isco is the man to replace him. He can be tasked with becoming a true two-way player. He's done it at times this season for Carlo Ancelotti. Cultivating that work-ethic and discipline on a consistent basis will make Isco one of the best players in the world in a few short years. Isco's stated unhappiness at a lack of first team chances, and premature substitutions, over the course of the La Liga season indicate that he is a player that could be tempted away to an Arsenal project that looks close to peaking.
If Isco is on the market Wenger should make the play.
Followers of the team will argue that signing Schneiderlin and Isco would not be enough, that moving for two midfielders fails to address the issue of signing a new striker and center-back; which in part is true. However, after signing Gabriel Paulista, and Calum Chambers, and knowing that Per Mertesacker has retired from International duty, it seems unlikely that Arsene Wenger will sign another player for the CB position.
Fans shouldn't expect a Raphael Varane, or a Matts Hummels, it won't happen, and when Gabriel goes on to score a few headed goals in the final games of this season that hypothesis will be further strengthened.
When it comes to signing another striker, and the biting words aimed at Olivier Giroud not being good enough to take Arsenal to a league title, the haters and pundits should prepare themselves for an exciting goal-scoring conclusion to the season from Giroud. That being said and anticipated, Giroud doesn't need to score 30 goals for Arsenal to win the title. The Frenchman has enough other qualities to be the main striker for this team as it pushes for a title. His influence as a hub to play-off of and combine with, and his year-by-year increasing goal return, make him the right player to star up top for this team as they look to reclaim glories of old. Ensuring that Danny Welbeck improves his finishing ability is something Wenger will be looking to achieve, and knowing his track record there's no reason not to belive that Welbz will be much more clinical next year.
There are a number of players that Wenger needs to show the door to early this summer.
Wilshere is the first to advertise, inflate, and work on releasing...