So the exciting bit of Arsenal’s transfer business might be over, but as we head into deadline day there’s still plenty to sort out.
Topping the list is the future of Jack Wilshere, who was made available for loan at the beginning of the week after Arsene Wenger realised the lack of game time he’d be able to offer.
Wilshere has been stuck in a dead-end cycle where getting a string of games in the Gunners squad is hard to come by, and with the 2016 additions of Elneny and Xhaka that’s just got tougher.
But at the age of 24, Wilshere still has such a bright career ahead of him and Wenger wants to get him back on his feet by sending him out on loan for the campaign.
Jack Wilshere is considering loan offers from Palace, Watford, Bournemouth, Sporting Lisbon & Benfica. (Sky Sports) pic.twitter.com/Aqhu2kQOKn
— Fresh Arsenal (@Fresh_Arsenal) August 30, 2016
Unsurprisingly the phone hasn’t stopped ringing at London Colney with so many European clubs after the English internationals signature before the window closes at 11pm tonight.
It looked as if the lure of playing at continuing to play at a top level whilst enjoying a new challenge was leading Wilshere to Serie A champions Juventus, who are looking to replace Paul Pogba.
However, it appears the youth academy graduate has opted for a club closer to home, which in this case we mean quite literally!
Reports have suggested Crystal Palace are leading the race to bring Wilshere across the road to Selhurst Park as they round off what’s been an impressive spending spree.
The Eagles have already bagged Christian Benteke, Andros Townsend and Loic Remy and now manager Alan Pardew wants to add quality in the middle of the park.
With Pardew being English, he’ll have a great understanding of what Wilshere needs to do to get back into the national squad, which is a massive aspect of the midfielders future.
More importantly to Wilshere, the chance to stay living in London whilst playing regular, assured games in the Premier League makes this transfer 10x easier.
Wilshere has two young children to look after as well as all of his family living in London so the decision makes complete sense and it looks as if Wenger has allowed him to have 100% of a say in where he ends up.
Stay tuned to @Fresh_Arsenal on Twitter for all of the latest on this move!