Former England international Paul Scholes has questioned Jack Wilshere’s decision to leave Arsenal, via Standard Sports.
Wilshere left Arsenal for AFC Bournemouth on a season-long loan due to concerns that he won’t feature regularly at the Emirates.
Roma were believed to be leading the race to sign the midfielder until the last minute when the player opted for a move to Bournemouth. Scholes believes Wilshere missed the trick by choosing Bournemouth and fears the midfielder has ‘set his sights too low’ after joining the Cherries.
“I would have liked to have seen him, if he did have to leave Arsenal, go to a big club like Roma,” Scholes told Sky Sports.
“Get some experience abroad, I think that would have been great for him and would have been great for the England team as well.”
Wilshere who missed almost the entire of last season due to injury recently claimed Bournemouth is the best place for his development but Scholes have warned the midfielder that he cannot be guaranteed regular football at the Dean Court either.
“Just because he is going to Bournemouth, doesn’t mean he is going to play all the time,” he continued.
“He has to perform whatever club you are at, whether you are at Bournemouth, Arsenal, Man United or Roma.
“You still have to perform to play first team football. I’m sure there are other players at Bournemouth who are saying ‘I’m going to be playing instead of Jack – I want his place’.
“It always comes back to whether he is fit. I don’t know how his ankles are – I know he struggles with them.
“If he stays fit then there is no doubt he is the top player there. But he should be playing for a top three or four club in England and that is what he should be aiming for. I just worry a little that he has set his sights too low.”
Wilshere will be hoping his move to Bournemouth turns out to be the best for his career.