With Jack Wilshere having tied the knot of marriage with his long term girlfriend on Saturday, the footballer will now likely be looking towards the future. However, unlike most in his profession, Wilshere's future is really up in the air this summer, as Arsenal face quite the conundrum about what to do with their midfield talent.

A Rising Talent

In previous years, many have viewed Wilshere as a serious up and coming English footballer. The Hitchin youngster made his way up through the Arsenal youth ranks, making his debut for the first team at the age of just 16, becoming Arsenal's youngest ever debutant in the Premier League.

Since that season back in 2008, Wilshere has made a real name for himself at Arsenal, winning PFA Young Player of the Season award in the 2010-11 season, being named Arsenal's player of the year in the same season at the age of just 19. Throughout the years since, he has been a consistent contender in England's midfield, so far getting 34 caps. In this sense, Wilshere's talent is unquestionable.

Potential Unfulfilled

However, due to a lack of football that can be put down to his fitness problems of 2015-16, this season the player opted for a loan move in the hopes of getting more regular football following his 10 month spell out due to a frustrating injury. Having traded London life for the South Coast with his loan deal at Bournemouth in the latest footballing calendar, the player didn't really impress any more than he has done in previous seasons, despite getting a more regular first team spot. Having seemingly struggled to settle into a different style and system, and with his usual fitness inconsistencies cropping up again, it's fair to say that Wilshere didn't make the impact that many Arsenal and Bournemouth fans alike were hoping for. With just two assists and no goals, a creative player of his level would have been expecting more.

Despite this, Eddie Howe, Jack's manager during his loan spell at Bournemouth, was seemingly impressed with Jack's season, but has since highlighted what has now become clear, that the season gone by will determine in Arsenal's and his own eyes whether he will be remaining at the London club next season:
"Jack will be the one who decides his future, in conjunction with Arsenal.
"It was very clear at the start of this loan he was going to make his decision in terms of the next steps for him in the summer.
"He just wanted to concentrate on his football with us, to try to just have the best season that he can.
"Jack has certainly had a good season with us as far as I am concerned, and it will be interesting to see what happens beyond that point."

Outcome of the Loan

So, has Jack done enough, considering his relatively poor season, to be considered in contention for a first team spot? Well, looking at Arsenal's own progress this season, many of the fingers which sought to dig up the reasoning behind the gunner's defensive inconsistencies pointed at the midfield men. Arsene himself struggled to find a solid combination, with Ramsey, Coquelin, Xhaka and Elneny struggling at the best of times with their defensive duties.

In this sense, Wilshere may have indeed underperformed in terms of expectation, but the same can be said for the rest of the midfielders in Arsenal's squad. However, even accounting for this in the wider picture, it is hard to see Wilshere coming back into the squad and filling that role if Arsenal want to keep pace with their league rivals. This season if anything has demonstrated that Arsenal need to reinvest in the squad, and the midfield will be an area where they will likely be looking to secure a high-profile player. This will put the futures of the likes of Coquelin and Elneny in the balance, but Wilshere is also going to be in this bracket, and his natural injury prone play style and body will do him no favours.

The Quandary

The dilemma then is simple. With just 12 months left on his contract, and with the player currently recovering from a fracture in his leg, can Arsenal risk offering Wilshere a new contract in the hopes that he recovers and rediscovers his form over the coming season, or whether they should cash in on him with the likes of West Ham interested in acquiring his services, and reinvest the cash and money off the wage bill into new personnel.
Whether they get Wilshere off the books or not, Arsenal are more than likely to bring in at least one more midfield player, and with Wilshere having struggled to get enough game time at the club, having made just 17 appearances in the two seasons combined before he went out on loan, this will only make it more unlikely that he will feature.

It is certain that Arsene still admires the player, and he did state that the club will more than likely be offering him a new contract, if not to give the player a chance following his recovery then to be able to shift him on for a more profitable sum. However, Jack is likely to be aware that the chances of getting a first team spot at the club are slim, purely in the fact that they clear saw him as expendable enough to allow him to leave the club for a whole year. In this sense then, it seems unlikely that the Englishman will sign a new contract to avoid being stuck on the bench, and with that, we may well see him make either another loan move, or more likely a permanent move away from Arsenal this summer.