Arsenal star could leave during the January transfer window

Arsenal star could leave during the January transfer window

Since recovering from a fractured leg sustained during his loan spell with Bournemouth last season, Wilshere has impressed and starred during the Gunners 4-2 victory over BATE Borisov in the Europa League.

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However, Wenger has insisted that Wilshere does not have to leave North London in order to feature at next summer's World Cup, claiming that the player is beginning to play to his full potential.

"He played games for us already and is part of the scene and will play many more".

The Frenchman said in a press conference: "I believe Jack at the moment is in the best form I have seen him for a long time, he is very close to being considered like anybody else".

"I can play in the deeper midfield role, which I did against Doncaster, and then I went and played on the left", Wilshere told Arsenal Player. I think if he keeps going like he's going at the moment, he will go to the World Cup, I'm sure.

Asked if England need him, Wenger replied: "Of course".

"He is more a No.10 than anyone [in the current England squad]".

The 25-year-old may not have played in the Premier League since April or scored a goal in any competition since June 2015, but there will always be managers willing to take a risk on a player of his talent.

However, Arsenal oversaw his recovery and two starts in recent cup matches offered the prospect of a permanent return to the starting line-up.

Following its success last season, Wenger has kept with the three-man defence often leaving Arsenal with two central midfielders - favouring Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka.

Averaging 1.59 key passes per 90 minutes, Wilshere has been more creative than his Arsenal team-mates, from fewer successful passes.