A summer of transfer disappointment has threatened to define Arsenal's Premier League season.
Many Gunners fans have expressed their discontent towards Arsene Wenger's inability to land world-class transfer targets, calling for the under-fire boss to step down immediately.
At a time of such difficulty, Jack Wilshere's willingness to speak out should have Gunners fans extremely worried.
As reported by Ben Rumsby of the Daily Telegraph, Wilshere has indicated that Wenger's potential exit could force the Englishman to follow his mentor out the Emirates door:
I want to win things with Arsenal and I want to be there in the future, but if the boss leaves then things could change.
Arsenal are always in my heart and by signing a deal for the next five years shows my commitment to them and their commitment to me so at the moment everything is good.
Arsene Wenger has been there for so many years and he’s always delivered trophies. OK, we’ve had a little dip in the last five or six years, but he’s a great manager and people who question his ability are ridiculous.
He’s qualified for the Champions League for 16 years so I think he’s the right man for the job.
This is a player who has never shown anything less than 100 percent commitment to the Arsenal cause. His passion and loyalty have been certified across five seasons of quality performances, many of which have outlined Wilshere as one of the world's top midfield talents.
The 21-year-old is the type of individual who often lets his love for the North London club spill over. Whether he attempts to spit on Tottenham-supporting taxi drivers, or bets rival fans that Arsenal will finish above their Spurs on Twitter, his Gunners blood runs deep.
He is prone to speaking his mind, but the underlying message of his recent quotes is troubling for a club that should build around Wilshere for years to come.
The player's comments fan the flames of a situation that is threatening to destroy Wenger's English tenure, but most importantly, it serves as a timely reminder of the French manager's Premier League power.
As the lack of new signings continues to frustrate, Wilshere highlights the need for Arsenal fans to trust a man who has delivered 10 trophies in 17 years at the club.
On the flipside, the England international also forces fans to consider life without their long-serving figurehead. Taking Wilshere's comments completely cynically for one moment, how would Wenger's exit affect Arsenal? If Wilshere was to follow suit, who else would call time on their Islington career?
These are questions that seem a world away from the jubilant scenes we witnessed at the end of last season. With Arsenal setting up another Champions League appearance after victory against Newcastle United on the final day of the 2012/13 campaign, Wenger's business failings have forced many to brush aside consistent, if underwhelming seasonal results.
While Wilshere's comments arrive with the best of intentions, he has unwittingly placed extra pressure on Wenger to strengthen the squad.
Wilshere could be forced to carry out his word if Wenger fails to land his transfer targets and is eventually pressured out of the club.
Wilshere certainly didn't mean this intentionally and should be commended for offering his manager support, but snippets of his remarks could linger.
At this early stage of the 2013/14 season, these insidious thoughts are enough to suggest the remaining nine days of the summer transfer window could define Arsenal for years to come.
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