Jack Wilshere should leave Arsenal, says Nigel Reo-Coker
By Richard Johnson
Last Updated: 22/03/18 3:31pm
Former Aston Villa midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker believes the "writing is on the wall" for Jack Wilshere and he should turn his back on Arsenal.
Wilshere's future at the Emirates remains unclear after the player admitted Arsene Wenger told him he could go last summer.
The midfielder out of contract at the end of the season amid reports the club have offered him a reduced pay deal which puts a proportion of his salary in incentives based on appearances.
Reo-Coker told Sky Sports News he believes it is time Wilshere listened to new offers.
"I think it would be good for him to get a change of environment," he said. "It looks like it is time for him to try something new, a new chapter, move away from Arsenal.
"If I was Jack I would see that the writing is on the wall."
Reo-Coker pointed to the impact Wilshere's former teammate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has made at Liverpool as evidence of how a move could be a shot in the arm.
"Oxlade-Chamberlain has really started to find form at Liverpool, really started to show what he's about," he said.
"He's playing what position he wants and in a style that suits him. It shows how the change of environment can work. It has been great for him and he can only get better."
Wilshere has forced himself back into the Arsenal first team following his loan spell at Bournemouth last season, making 31 appearances.
It has earned him his first recall to the England set-up since Euro 2016, and Reo-Coker believes he could be key to Gareth Southgate's plans at this summer's World Cup in Russia.
"Since Jack has come back into the spotlight he has been in fantastic form for Arsenal, one of the real stand-up guys," Reo-Coker said.
"Jack is probably our best ball player, our most comfortable player on the ball in tight areas. He's really good technically he can create things and make things happen and score goals.
"He's definitely a unique pick in the England midfield I feel right now."
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