AFC Bournemouth’s manager, Eddie Howe believes Jack Wilshere choosing to join them ahead of Palace, Roma and Milan could mark a turning point in his dwindling career even though it comes at risk.
Jack, expected to make his first start in the league for the Cherries tomorrow joined on transfer deadline day after discussion with Arsene Wenger over his future.
“If you had said to me [a few years ago] that we would have the opportunity to sign someone like Jack I would have said it is not possible, Howe said.
“It is a moment we look on and think ‘wow, that is a big moment for the football club’.
“It is a different path for us, there are risks attached to that but there are also huge benefits if it goes well.”
“I think it is a brave decision for his career but hopefully a good one. Hopefully when he looks back in a year’s time, he will see it as a turning point in his career for the better.”
“I think the key thing for Jack is he wants to stay in the Premier League, I think that was important for us [getting the deal done],” said Howe.
“[Arsenal] were happy to go with Jack’s decision but I think it had to be a good fit.
“Ultimately Arsenal want us to get the best out of Jack and it will benefit everybody if his loan spell is successful, so the environment had to be right and all parties will benefit.”
Howe also admitted the presence of Wilshere in the dressing room has got the place buzzing and has given his team mates a lift.
If Howe can get Jack to his best again, he will be regarded as an Arsenal legend despite having no part in the club.
Go for it, Howe.