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Jack Wilshere needs to leave Arsenal in order to resurrect his career-Paul Merson

"It is alright Arsene Wenger saying a fit Jack Wilshere gets in the England team, but you have to play for Arsenal. But at the same time, [Jesse] Lingard"

Jack Wilshere needs to leave Arsenal in order to resurrect his career-Paul Merson

"It is alright Arsene Wenger saying a fit Jack Wilshere gets in the England team, but you have to play for Arsenal. But at the same time, [Jesse] Lingard"

11 November 2017 Saturday 14:10
Jack Wilshere needs to leave Arsenal in order to resurrect his career-Paul Merson

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere needs to move abroad to kick-start his stuttering career for club and country, according to Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson.

England manager Gareth Southgate opted not to include Wilshere in his squad for the friendlies with Germany and Brazil, because he felt the player has not been utilised in his best position for Arsenal this season.

To win his place back with the international team, Wilshere - who has featured in just two league games so far this campaign - has to be playing more regularly and in a deeper role, and Merson says that may mean going abroad on loan.

"He [Southgate] has called up Jack Cork, who I like and think is a good player, but Jack Wilshere has got to move.

"It is alright Arsene Wenger saying a fit Jack Wilshere gets in the England team, but you have to play for Arsenal. But at the same time, [Jesse] Lingard has started less games than Wilshere.

"The way he plays, I think going abroad probably suits him and his game, otherwise he is going to go to a relegation-battling team, and that is not his game.

"He needs to get on the ball and play football and be in a team that really are going to have a lot more of the ball than not. So probably abroad to an AC Milan or somewhere like that."

"We have a few people making their debuts against one of the best teams in the world, so you just hope that they put on a good show.

"You do not want them to get set back - we go back a few years to Ryan Shawcross, who came up against Zlatan Ibrahimovic and never played again for England.

"We have to be careful and look after these lads and not really judge them by this game."

Sky Sports.

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