25 August 2017

Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce admits he wants to sign Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere


ASTON VILLA boss Steve Bruce has admitted he want to sign Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere.

The England international – who is in his final year of his contract – is struggling to make it into Arsene Wenger’s first-team plans at the Emirates this season.

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is wanted by Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce
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Jack Wilshere has struggled to make it into Arsene Wenger’s first-team plans at Arsenal
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And, while discussing the potential transfer of Robert Snodgrass, Bruce said he would love to bring the 25-year-old to Villa Park as they make a serious push for promotion.

Bruce told talkSPORT“Snoddy is somebody I’ve known for a long time – I bought him for Hull – so that’s something we’re looking into and exploring.

“The Jack Wilshere one – hey, who wouldn’t want Jack Wilshere?

“But I don’t know whether we’re capable of landing him and let’s not forget he’s only 25.

“People have said that I’ve got millions and millions to spend, where it’s been the complete opposite.

“With financial fair play, unfortunately we haven’t got millions and millions to spend so I’ve got to be a little bit prudent, see what we can do and try and balance the books.”

Jack Wilshere was sent of during Arsenal’s Under-23s clash with Manchester City
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Wilshere’s Arsenal career has slowly been in decline in recent seasons due to injuries.

He went out on loan to Bournemouth last season but his time with the south-coast club was cut short after breaking his leg.

Wilshere has returned for the Gunners but he was sent off during an Under-23s match against Manchester City after reacting badly to a foul.

Jack Wilshere sent off for Arsenal Under-23s after flooring Manchester City’s Matt Smith sparking brawl in middle of pitch
Jack Wilshere has been told he must prove his fitness at Arsenal by Arsene Wenger
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Steve Bruce has an excellent record in getting clubs promoted but is already under some pressure
Steve Bruce knows it will be difficult to convince Jack Wilshere to come to Aston Villa
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And Wenger has admitted Wilshere must prove his fitness in the coming months if he wants a new contract.

The Frenchman said: “You know how much I love Jack and his talent. But today in the football world you need a consistent presence.

“What is at stake for Jack is not his quality or his talent, it is his presence at the top.

“His quality is not in doubt.”

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