Wilshere has had his say on Arsenal’s painful stand-off with Mesut Ozil, which has seen the German playmaker all but exiled from the club while still earning more weekly wages than any other player.
Wilshere once operated in the same Arsenal midfield as Ozil and struck up a successful partnership with the former Real Madrid man, and feels there is something amiss when it comes to the current predicament.
Speaking this week on the ITV Football Football Podcast, Wilshere offered his verdict on what is currently unfolding behind closed doors at the Emirates.
When asked by hosts Mark Pougatch and Andros Townsend whether he was surprised to see Ozil now forced into the shadows at Arsenal, Wilshere admitted he struggles to comprehend the situation.
The former Arsenal man said: ‘Yeah I am, because I played with him and used to love playing with him and really, really enjoyed it. He’s one of the best I played with.
‘So yeah, I am surprised, but there’s obviously something that we don’t know because a player of his quality.’
Wilshere, who left Arsenal in 2018 following the expiration of his contract, still feels Ozil has the skills necessary to walk into any team in the top flight.
The former England international added: ‘I reckon he could get into any team in the Premier League, that’s my opinion, and to not even have the opportunity to be able to compete for a place is difficult to understand.’
At present Wilshere, 28, finds himself without a football club, after departing West Ham United in the summer.
The player himself has admitted a return to Arsenal would be a ‘dream’ while labeling himself an ‘Arsenal man,’ though such a move is unlikely.
‘I’m not stupid to know that there’s probably no chance of it happening but I’m an Arsenal man, I love the club and want to see the club do well,’ Wilshere added.