Former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton feels that Jack Wilshere is good enough to get into Arsenal's starting eleven now and has questioned why Arsene Wenger has sent him out on loan, dubbing the Gunners "a joke".

The race was on for Wilshere's signature when Wenger made him available for loan and the field quickly narrowed to three clubs in the shape of Bournemouth, Crystal Palace and Roma.

Roma looked favourites heading into the afternoon on deadline day, but Wilshere ultimately ended up at Bournemouth on a season-long loan deal.

Sutton thinks that Wilshere should have stayed at Arsenal as in his opinion the midfielder is good enough to play for the Gunners and the former Chelsea man dubbed Wenger's side "a joke".

He questioned why the Gunners would not simply sell Wilshere if they did not want him.


Sutton said on BBC Radio 5 live after the move was confirmed: "Jack Wilshere is a brilliant singing for Bournemouth, but I think Arsenal are a joke.

"He should have stayed. He is good enough to get in Arsenal's team.

"Why not just sell him? Why put him out on loan?"

Wilshere, who has seen his career plagued by injuries, will be aiming to play week in, week out on the south coast, as he looks to impress Wenger and also England manager Sam Allardyce.