Wilshere asks Wenger for change of position at Arsenal.
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has spoken to his manager Arsene Wenger about playing in a deeper role for the Gunners, but has revealed that the Frenchman does not see him as ideally suited to playing there.
According to the Daily Mail, Wilshere has been keen to replicate his fine form for England for his club by moving further back from the advanced midfield role he has been used in by Wenger.
The 22-year-old has been in terrific form for Roy Hodgson’s side during this recent international break, coming away as one of the team’s best performers in both games against Slovenia and Scotland.
Wilshere has often struggled for consistency throughout his career so far, but this may be partly down to occupying so many different roles in midfield for both club and country.
Still, he now seems to be finding his feet as a deep-lying, more defensive-minded midfield player, using his techinque and quality on the ball to dictate the play from further back, though Wenger seemingly wants him to use his talent further forward.
Arsenal currently have Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini for the defensive midfield roles, and Wilshere thinks this may be why he hasn’t been used there.
“I wouldn’t mind playing there for Arsenal,” he said. “I’ve already spoken to the manager about it and he doesn’t see me playing that holding role just yet. That’s his decision.
“At the moment Mikel Arteta is injured and Mathieu Flamini is playing that role. It’s down to him.
“This is probably the best I’ve played for England and I’m enjoying it. I said after the first game against Switzerland that I’d only get better. It was my first game in that role. The main thing is the coaches are getting their points across.”