Reports: Real Betis renew interest in struggling Arsenal star
What's the story?
Jack Wilshere has endured a torrid few years at Arsenal and has gone from being Arsenal's next young superstar to a fringe member at the Emirates. A string of injuries and a couple of public spats with Arsene Wenger have derailed Wilshere's career in North London, and perhaps a brighter future is in store in sunny Spain.
The Sun reports that Real Betis have renewed their interest in Jack Wilshere, after determinedly pursuing him towards the end of the summer transfer window. The Spanish outfit have had a frenetic start to their league campaign, recording a famous victory against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu and currently sit 8th in the Spanish top-flight table.
In case you didn't know
Jack Wilshere's current £90,000-a-week contract will expire at the end of the 2017/2018 season, leaving Arsenal with a critical decision to make. Arsenal have already backed themselves into a corner with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, whose contracts also expire in the summer.
Further stalling on their part could see them miss out on the chance to offload a player who is both injury-prone as well as non-essential.
The heart of the matter
Jack Wilshere is known for his vision, passing and tenacity, and has come to be known as a creative box-to-box midfielder. He has shown great ability and has had some good spells over the course of his Arsenal career but has failed to reach his true potential under Wenger's tutelage.
A promising loan spell with Bournemouth in the 2016/2017 season was prematurely curtailed by a calf injury. Since recovering from the injury, Wilshere has made only two appearances for Arsenal in the league in the 2017/2018 season.
Arsene Wenger doesn't view Jack Wilshere as a vital part of his long-term plans and may be tempted to sell if Real Betis can come up with an enticing offer. Wilshere's exit may be accelerated by the current state of affairs at Arsenal, and the fact that few other clubs appear interested in taking on an injury-prone player with such high wage demands.