Arsenal Transfer News: Jack Wilshere Reportedly Offered to Betis, Latest Rumours

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistAugust 30, 2017

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 21: Jack Wilshere of Arsenal reacts during the Premier League 2 match between Arsenal v Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on August 21, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)
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Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has reportedly been offered to Real Betis for the upcoming season.

According to Estadio Deportivo (h/t Joe Mewis of the Daily Mirror), the La Liga side are ready to give Wilshere a chance to relaunch his career, having struggled to make the grade at the Emirates Stadium.

It's added that with just one year left to run on his Arsenal deal, the 25-year-old could potentially agree a pre-contract with the Spanish outfit from January.

Wilshere spent the previous season on loan at Bournemouth and did a decent job for Eddie Howe’s side overall.

Still, his standards weren’t to the level needed to force his way back into the setup. Additionally, Wilshere’s woes with injuries returned, as he hobbled out of the match with Tottenham Hotspur in April and missed the rest of the campaign.

Wilshere has frequently suffered with injury issues.
Wilshere has frequently suffered with injury issues.Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Plenty expected Wilshere to go on and become a big star for many years at Arsenal, though his career at the club appears to be heading towards an abrupt end. A recent red card in a Premier League 2 match against Manchester City did little to help his cause to earn a spot back in the side.

Another season out on loan beckons for the England international and ESPN FC’s Dermot Corrigan believes a move to Spain would potentially benefit Wilshere:

Being out of the unrelenting Premier League spotlight would certainly benefit the Arsenal man, while a style of football less robust than the English top flight would suit a player who has lacked durability. As a technical and intelligent footballer, Wilshere would thrive in the Spanish game if he was fit too.

Betis are an interesting outfit this season too, as they’ve brought in some exciting players in the form of Ryad Boudebouz, Victor Camarasa and Cristian Tello. They seem like an ideal club to help Wilshere get back on his feet again.

  

Rafinha Linked with the Gunners

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 08: Rafinha of Barcelona in action during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg match between FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain at Camp Nou on March 8, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Im
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According to AS (h/t Annie Eaves of Sport Witness), Arsenal have tried to sign Barcelona midfielder Rafinha in this summer window.

It’s suggested in the piece a number of players are potentially still set for an exit at the Camp Nou, including the Brazilian midfielder. The Gunners are said to have held a long-term interest in the player, while AC Milan are mentioned as potential suitors too.

However a new injury concern for the midfielder is said to have put off interested clubs, with the midfielder said to be facing another significant layoff. 

Given he’s a long way down the pecking order at the Camp Nou, a transfer would be to the benefit of the player. As noted by WhoScored.com, when he’s on the pitch he’s a talent:

Since an injury at the start of the 2015-16 season, Rafinha has found it difficult to force his way into the starting XI. 

At times last season he was used as emergency right wing-back, though the 24-year-old only made 14 starts in La Liga. Despite his ties to the football club, Rafinha will surely be keen to get a fresh start elsewhere, though a move to Arsenal at this point in the window would be a surprise.