Arsenal supporters were promised that a new contract for Arsene Wenger would be the ‘catalyst for change’ by CEO Ivan Gazidis and there was an optimism about the clubs determined and aggressive attitude to get business done early. Yet progress regarding incomings has stalled and the remainder of the transfer window hinges on more internal issues.

What will happen with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain? Can the squad be efficiently streamlined with fringe players such as Kieran Gibbs and Lucas Perez needing to be offloaded? Is there enough quality in the central midfield positions and can Aaron Ramsey’s fitness be relied upon?

And what of Jack Wilshere? The Academy product whose potential seemingly had no limits when he broke into the Arsenal first team all those years ago, but is now in danger of drifting off into a mere distant memory when he should hitting his peak years.

Now twenty-five and making his way back to fitness from yet another long term injury, many have given upon on the Stevenage born midfielder’s Arsenal career. I spoke to Paul McNamara of the Bournemouth Echo about Jack Wilshere’s season with The Cherries and whether there is any reason to be optimistic about his future.

MB: Hi Paul. The decision for Arsenal to allow Jack Wilshere to spend the season on loan at Bournemouth last season was met with surprise. A player of his reputation was a real coup for the club. I assume this arrival was met with excitement by supporters?

PM: The supporters were ecstatic. It felt like a huge coup and a real statement that Bournemouth were a Premier League proposition and it sent out a message to other top players, if Bournemouth and Eddie Howe are good enough for Jack Wilshere, then why not them.

MB: Most of the question marks over Wilshere have been regarding his fitness, or there lack of. Although he’s never hit the peaks of his PFA Young Player of the Year winning season in 2010-11, his qualities have not really been questioned. Were his talents obvious to see from the off when he joined?

PM: Yes, his quality was immediately apparent. He is one step ahead of the game and doesn't waste a pass. Everything he does is designed to unpick his opponents. People pointed at his lack of direct assists but Wilshere played his part in plenty of goals by injecting urgency into a move and looking to pass forwards.

MB: Bournemouth supporters were in a rare position, such are his injury problems, of being able to watch Jack Wilshere play week in, week out. Was he a player that got them off their seat and did they feel lucky to have him?

PM:I wouldn't say he got them off their seats but they definitely appreciated having him. They like quality, intelligent footballers. That's why Nathan Ake is so popular. And Wilshere is in the same mould.

MB: Eddie Howe has often been praised for the positive attacking football that his team have played and this should have suited Wilshere. Did his style suit Bournemouth’s game?

PM:He didn't always look entirely at home in Bournemouth's side and lost his place for a few games around March time. The team is at its best when attacking with pace down the flanks and Wilshere, understandably, seemed on a different wavelengths at times. All told, though, his loan was a success for player and club. He totally bought into it and there were no dissenting murmurs at all from him during his time out the side.

MB: Before Wilshere was injured in April, do you think Wenger would have been quick to bring him into his first team set up upon returning from loan, such were his performances?

PM:If he's fit he could absolutely play in Arsenal's midfield. They have a distinctive style and he's been schooled in it. I think people are obsessed by stats these days and add to the fact he's Jack Wilshere and people expected spectacular things. He hadn't played any regular football for two years, so was finding his feet on the job. If you had to bet on it you'd probably say he will move. But he's more than good enough to play for Arsenal.

MB: Recent reports suggest that Santi Cazorla’s return from injury could be delayed further, and may rule him out of next season. Wilshere is arguably the most like for like replacement to Cazorla, and could save Wenger from further investment. If Wilshere can stay fit, do you think he’d be ready to make the step up? There aren't too many people who believe he has a future at Arsenal.

PM:Cazorla is almost impossible to replace, as Arsenal have found to their cost. Xhaka, Elneny or Wilshere? Wilshere every time. If he can stay fit, which he did at Bournemouth until a freak injury, then he can definitely go on and fulfill a lot of the expectations that have followed him since he played that game for Arsenal against Barcelona in the 2010-11 Champions League. It's vital he gets his next move right. It has to be somewhere he plays and a team in which his strengths - especially incisive passing high up the pitch - can be maximised.