Arsenal-supporting pundit Darren Bent has urged Mikel Arteta to sign Jack Wilshere to solve our midfield crisis.
The Gunners are extremely light in the middle of the park at the moment. Thomas Partey and Mo Elneny are away at AFCON, while Granit Xhaka is suspended. Emile Smith Rowe is struggling with an injury and Martin Odegaard is out due to COVID.
To make things worse, we even let Ainsley Maitland-Niles leave on loan. That has left us with just Albert Sambi Lokonga in the middle of the park, which is simply not enough.
Darren Bent: Bring Jack Wilshere back to Arsenal
While discussing Arsenal’s midfield woes on TalkSport, Bent urged Arsenal boss Arteta to consider handing free-agent Wilshere a short-term contract.
The ex-Spurs striker said: “Bring Jack back! Bring Jack back! Of course, he’s one of our friends, he’s close to the station. But you’re talking about a guy who is in the building, he works for Arsenal Football Club.
“Arteta would see him every single day and he is light in that midfield area – give him a short-term contract!
“Let him go out and play, it’s not a daft idea. He knows the club inside out, that’s his club!”
The Insider’s View:
Arsenal are desperate to sign a new midfielder and reports have led us to believe that Juventus star Arthur Melo is on top of our wish list.
The Brazilian would be a very good signing, but Juventus boss Max Allegri has played down the rumours.
If a deal for Arthur or any other top-quality midfielder proves to be impossible this month, signing Wilshere until the end of the season would not be a bad idea. We all know he has the quality to slot in when required and nobody can ever doubt his commitment.
It really is unlikely to see Wilshere, labelled as ‘outstanding‘ by Arsene Wenger, get a chance again at Arsenal. But, if we can’t sign anyone else, Arteta should seriously consider him.