Arsenal: Is Jack Wilshere's Time Under Arsene Wenger Finally Up?

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere.
Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere at Wembley Stadium, London, November 11. Wilshere has been linked with a transfer to AC Milan. Shaun Botterill/Getty

Jack Wilshere has rebuilt his fitness and reputation on England's south coast this season, at Bournemouth.

The Arsenal midfielder has been praised by Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe for his attitude, as much for the kind of swagger he has brought to the English Premier League side's play.

So could his reward be a transfer to AC Milan? That is the claim by the Daily Star, which reported Monday that Wilshere, 24, is coming to accept that his future lies away from Emirates Stadium.

Milan, which is rebuilding under coach Vincenzo Montella with an emphasis on youth, would certainly fit with Wilshere's style of passing football. By the end of this season he will only have a year left on his current Arsenal contract, a fact that Milan is apparently well aware of as it could buy him for a knock-down price.

Whether he could perform the giant leap that every English player going abroad faces, and adapt to the language, lifestyle and culture of another country, is another question. But England could certainly benefit from Wilshere installing himself as a regular at one of Europe's top clubs.