‘Wouldn’t say I’m gutted’ – Jack Wilshere says new Spurs signing wouldn’t make Arsenal XI

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Jack Wilshere has insisted that Richarlison, who has now completed his move to Tottenham Hotspur, would not get into Arsenal’s starting eleven.

Tottenham reportedly struck an agreement with Everton over Richarlison’s transfer for an initial fee of around £50m, which could rise to £60m including add-ons (Guardian).

Tottenham allegedly saw off competition from Chelsea over recent days to win the race the Everton star (Express) while Arsenal were also credited with an interest in the 25-year-old earlier in the transfer window (talkSPORT).

The Gunners have bolstered their forward line with the addition of Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City this summer.

Wilshere has now insisted that while Richarlison will improve Tottenham’s squad, the former Toffees forward would not have got into Arsenal’s starting eleven.

The former Gunners midfielder told talkSPORT: “I think he improves the squad, definitely… he gives them something different. I wouldn’t say I’m gutted [he’s not signed for Arsenal].

“He’s 25, so not young. There comes a point where you’re going to have to turn that potential into something but to be fair if anyone can do it, it’s Antonio Conte.

“I wouldn’t say I’m devastated as an Arsenal fan but he could be one to watch, he could be really good.”

When asked if he’d have Richarlison at Arsenal, Wilshere said: “Yeah but I don’t think he gets in the XI. He’d definitely challenge for it and be a good part of the squad but I don’t think he gets in the XI.”

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Richarlison would certainly have a much better chance of getting into Arsenal’s starting eleven than he does at Spurs. In fact, given that he starts for Brazil over Gabriel Jesus, I do not see how he does not get improve Mikel Arteta’s starting eleven if Jesus does.

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