Arsene Wenger told Jack Wilshere playing out-of-position at Arsenal

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Former Bournemouth loanee Wilshere has been nearly exclusively limited to Carabao Cup and Europa League duty by Arsene Wenger so far this season, making just two brief top-flight substitute cameos against Everton and Manchester City.

"We bought [Mesut] Ozil and these players".

Wilshere wasn't called up by England boss Gareth Southgate for friendlies against Germany and Brazil.

Southgate encouraged Wilshere to keep working hard at Arsenal and refused to rule out the possibility of including the midfielder in his World Cup squad.

Nevertheless, he continues to be regarded as one of the most creative midfielders in England, with last season's loan spell at Bournemouth signalling a Jack Wilshere renaissance of sorts. When we have played with a 10, we have had Dele Alli and Adam Lallana. Southgate holds him in high esteem but his slide down the Arsenal pecking order and the difference of opinion over his deployment means he may need a new club, a new position or both in January. I think he is a talent and I really respect him as an individual.

Wilshere has been overlooked for a heavily depleted squad due to a lack of game time at Arsenal and Southgate's view that he has not been used in his best position in recent seasons. I am happy with where I am, playing-wise.

"I don't think Jack is a ten", Merson told Sky Sports News.

"Now you are telling me we have been linked with him, but by who?" The midfielder has suffered so many injuries but now is the time for him to really kick on and break into the first-team to prove he is good enough to play for England again. I am trying to get into the Premier League team. "I've been playing quite a lot of football and I'm happy with where I am fitness wise but I want to be playing for Arsenal in the league".

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