Date: 3rd April 2017 at 10:39am
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Jack Wilshere’s loan at Bournemouth is entering the final furlong with his Arsenal return close. However, they would still ‘love to sign him’ permanently if possible.

Bournemouth fought of interest from clubs in England and Europe to pull off a deal to sign Wilshere on a season-long loan last summer and this saw him regularly involved.

Well, until recently as Wilshere has spent the past four games on the Bournemouth bench and dropped out of the England squad again.

But Eddie Howe has made it clear he’s still keen on a full time deal. He was quoted by Sky Sports as saying.

‘I’ve always said, ‘We love Jack, we would love to sign him’ but that decision will rest with Arsenal, with Jack, with other people: it’s out of our hands. And Jack may well see his future elsewhere.’

The Bournemouth boss continued.

‘He did say as soon as he came to us that he’d totally commit to us for the season, and then in the summer sort out his future. There’s so many variables, there’s so many things that can change, it’s not the right time. We’ve got to concentrate on results and the games we’ve got coming up.’

Wilshere didn’t leave the Arsenal bench to take up a place on the Bournemouth one so Howe knows the midfielder wouldn’t be happy with his recent relegation at Dean Court.

However, Howe didn’t want to take any chances with Wilshere after he ‘felt his ankle’ and in his absence from the side others have performed so couldn’t be dropped.

‘Jack obviously wouldn’t want to start from the bench, he’d want to be playing, but since the Manchester United game – he felt his ankle against Manchester City – the team’s done very well, and it’s very difficult to take either centre-forward out. What he has done when he’s come on is showed he’s got a great attitude; he’s trained so well, and that’s reflected when he’s come on the pitch, he’s been outstanding. He really was the defining factor in us gaining total control [against Southampton].’

Howe did hint Wilshere, despite the competition for places at Bournemouth, could return when his side travel to Liverpool on Wednesday – we could really do with the Cherries doing us a favour at Anfield, with or without Wilshere’s involvement.

Will Wilshere return to Arsenal – and stay – or could his Gunners career end this summer? If he does leave could Bournemouth pull off another coup, but this time sign Wilshere on a permanent basis?

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