Arsenal FC manager Arsene Wenger believes Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are blocking Jack Wilshere‘s route back into the Arsenal starting XI.
Wilshere, who spent last season on loan at Bournemouth yet is back at the Emirates this season having made six appearances, with five of those coming in the EFL Cup and Europa League.
The England midfielder has only one Premier League game to his belt coming in as a substitute, with the positions in attacking midfield Wenger feels Wilshere is best-suited position is occupied by Sanchez and Ozil.
There have been calls for Wilshere to be deployed further back, but Wenger is reluctant to play Wilshere in front of Arsenal’s back three.
“In my head, he’s more a little bit higher up [the field]. I see him more a player who can affect the game in the final third than a player who is a box-to-box player,” Wenger, speaking ahead of Arsenal’s Europa League clash with Red Star Belgrade, said.
“He’s a little bit in a conflict in this position with Ozil and Sanchez. I believe he can as well play in midfield in a 4-2-3-1, he can play midfield in a 4-3-3. In the system we play, I see him a bit more advanced.”
“I’ve said many times, that will be decided in December,” he said. “I wanted to give him six months not to think about that, and see where we go.”