Jack Wilshere, the man talked up by many as Arsenal’s next captain, is apparently a target for Juventus. Since their return to the top of the Italian game, The Old Lady have made a habit of landing top class players on free transfers, and reviving their careers.
Sami Khedira, Andrea Pirlo, Dani Alves and Paul Pogba have all arrived on Bosman deals at the Turin club, and all have thrived. If Juventus are serious about Wilshere, he would be a fool to rule out the move before at least speaking to them. They have a history of reviving careers and getting the best out of their players; and Wojciech Szczęsny is there – one of Jack’s best friends.
From Arsenal’s perspective, they cannot allow this move to happen and it seems the club knows this as reports claim he is close to signing a new deal with Arsenal. They have invested too much time and money into getting him to the level that he is currently at to allow him to walk away for nothing. And, it appears they are on the case, with some reports suggesting the deal is very close to being signed. The proposed deal would see Wilshere earn a highly incentivised deal, whilst still earning a high base wage, meaning he would be pushed to stay fit. He is reportedly on a £90,000 a week wage package.
While Juventus have an incredible record with free transfers, they do not have the financial power of English clubs, so any contract offer would likely be similar to Jack’s base salary at Arsenal, without the bonuses. From a financial perspective, it would make sense for Wilshere to stay at Arsenal, and from a personal viewpoint, he absolutely loves the club, he wants to be captain, and he is very happy in London. Moving his family to Italy would be a major shock, and his wife is likely to play a huge role in his decision. Since settling down, Wilshere has managed to stay out of the headlines for the wrong reasons, and his fitness and injury record has improved as a result. Moving to Italy may shake things up in the wrong way for Jack. On the other hand, it may give him the fresh start he needs.
From a playing perspective, Wilshere would thrive in Italy. The game is much slower, much more tactical and much less physical. This would play into the hands of a player who suffers from a lot of collision based injuries, much in the way it has benefited Khedira, who spent more time on the treatment table than the pitch at Real Madrid.
To put it simply, Arsenal cannot let this move happen. They have done the seemingly impossible and tied Mesut Ozil down to an extension, and come out of Sanchez’s exit stronger, so they cannot allow Wilshere to leave. A contract must be signed soon, and this interest should only force Arsenal’s hand to speed things up.