Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Jack Wilshere will not be used as a defensive midfielder next season.
The 23-year-old has been deployed as a holding midfielder by England manager Roy Hodgson, but Wenger has squashed claims that the Englishman will be used as an alternative to Francis Coquelin in the defensive midfield position next term.
Injuries have hindered Wilshere’s consistency in Wenger’s starting line-up even though the Arsenal manager has experimented the youngster in different midfield roles when fit.
Following the emergence of Aaron Ramsey, and the availability of Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil, Wilshere is facing more competition than ever.
However, the Arsenal boss insists that Wilshere will not be utilized as a defensive midfielder to make up for his limited action in an attacking role.
“It is a big season for him. I hope he can get a full season without any [injury] problems.” Wenger said.
“I personally see him in a creative, offensive position – it can be on the flank or in the middle. For me he is a creator in the final third.”
With the option of Wilshere now ruled out, Krystian Bielik, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini remain the back-up to Francis Coquelin in the Gunners’ vital holding midfield role.