It’s hard to know what to make of Jack Wilshere’s loan spell at Bournemouth.
On a personal level, the midfielder must be delighted that his stint on the south coast seems to have finally ended his nightmare injury run.
Yet, on the other hand, he hasn’t actually done all that much.
The England international has started 17 Premier League games, which is more than he managed in his previous two years combined. That has given him plenty of time to shine, but he’s only managed two assists and hasn’t yet scored for the Cherries.
While Eddie Howe was more than happy to give him a break at Bournemouth, the 25-year-old hasn’t done enough to convince him to sign him permanently.
The Telegraph have it that he won’t be staying at Dean Court beyond the summer, but his situation is even more complex because he isn’t likely to be in Arsenal’s long-term plans either.
Of course, no Arsenal player can be entirely sure what the future holds, as Arsene Wenger is out of contract in the summer and it remains to be seen whether he’ll sign the deal that Stan Kroenke has placed on the table.
For Wilshere, though, things are looking desperate. Bournemouth have reshuffled their recruitment team and after Jordan Ibe’s disappointing signing from Liverpool, the club are reluctant to sign any more big money men from the top flight’s more established clubs.
It’ll certainly be interesting to see what the future holds for him.