Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has opened up on his decision to send Jack Wilshere on loan to Bournemouth.
“I could not guarantee that so that’s why it’s a decision we thought would be logical, for him to come back to a competitive level.
“At some stage you need competition and I couldn’t guarantee him that. The challenge for Jack is to play the games. He wanted games and I felt it was a logical decision.
“You cannot be out for two seasons and then want to be at the top level. It is important for him that he gets games.
Wenger explains Wilshere loan
“I hope personally that he stays his whole career here. He is a world-class player. He doesn’t have to show me his quality.”
“Personally it’s where I prefer him,” he said of Bournemouth coach Eddie Howe’s decision to play Wilshere in an attacking role. “I think Jack Wilshere is a world-class player, has a great football brain and understands everything that’s going on on a football pitch.
“He’s most dangerous when you give him the ball in the final third. For me, it was always a shame that he played too deep. I like him closer to the goal because he can create.”