Eddie Howe: Bournemouth want to sign Jack Wilshere permanently from Arsenal

Tom Prentki
Jack Wilshere is settled on the south coast - Rex Features

With the season drawing to a close, Jack Wilshere’s future after the end of his Bournemouth loan spell looks far from certain, despite manager Eddie Howe stating he would love to purchase him.

But the midfielder was left out of Gareth Southgate’s recent England squad, and has not appeared in the last four starting line-ups for the seaside club.

Bournemouth have enjoyed their best run of the season without the Arsenal player in the side and Howe has made no promises to bring him back into the team, despite Andrew Surman suffering a knee injury in the goalless draw at Southampton.

Jack Wilshere whips in a cross Credit: REX FEATURES

“We’ve got real competition in that position,” said Howe. “Harry Arter has been outstanding for us this season. Dan Gosling’s done very well for us in recent weeks.”

Wilshere has perhaps suffered by Howe changing to a 4-4-2 formation, meaning that the No 10 position which the 25-year-old initially occupied is no longer available.

Nevertheless, it is a mark of how fortunes have changed for a player hailed by Barcelona legend Xavi as “the future of English football.”

West Ham are reported to be monitoring his situation but Howe remains keen to sign the player.

“I’ve always said we would love to sign him,” said Howe. “But that decision will rest with Arsenal.”

There has been no suggestion that Wilshere has reacted poorly to being left out and Howe remains delighted with the effect he is having on the rest of the squad.

“He’s played so many games. This is just a little spell where he’s been out of the team but he’s still coming on to great effect.”

At St Mary’s, the effect was setting up a chance for Ryan Fraser which led to a penalty, spectacularly missed by Arter to cost Bournemouth a first ever away win at Southampton.

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