Ray Parlour believes Jack Wilshere is being held back by his Arsenal team-mates, and that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s form since joining Liverpool is proof.
Wilshere is approaching ten years as a first-team player at the Emirates Stadium, and there have been questions raised over his lack of progress at the north London club.
Football journalist Henry Winter has claimed the England international’s career is suffering because of manager Arsene Wenger .
He claims the 26-year-old is being played in the wrong position and is not challenged enough by the Frenchman, who appears to be coming to the end of the 22-year tenure in charge.
But Parlour says it’s not the manager who is to blame for Wilshere’s lack of progress at Arsenal, it’s the players he is playing with.
The Arsenal legend looks at the progress Oxlade-Chamberlain has already made under Jurgen Klopp since joining Liverpool in the summer, and believes it highlights the lack of top quality in the Gunners squad.
Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast , he said: “The big question is, is Jack playing around players who are on his level at Arsenal?
“I’m not knocking Granit Xhaka or people like that, but now Oxlade-Chamberlain is playing in that Liverpool team he’s probably thinking, ‘I’m playing with top class players here’.
“I know you could say Mesut Ozil might be in the bracket, but Sanchez has obviously left now and with Henrikh Mkhitaryan , we’ll have to wait and see if he’s good enough to play week-in week-out and he puts the performances in.
“I just think questions will be asked if Oxlade-Chamberlain improves that much and maybe pushes himself into the England squad under Jurgen Klopp.
“I totally understand that now.
“He wasn’t used enough at Arsenal. He always wanted to play in central midfield and he didn’t get that opportunity, he played on the right instead.
“You’ve got to do your job for the team sometimes and play in different positions, but now he’s got that opportunity at Liverpool to do that.”
. @henrywinter says in today’s @thetimes that he believes Jack Wilshere’s career is being held back by Arsene Wenger. However, Ray Parlour says it’s Wilshere’s #Arsenal teammates that are the issue as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is proving at #LFC ... pic.twitter.com/iGpa70DkQP — Alan Brazil (@SportsBreakfast) February 27, 2018