He was supposed to be the saviour of English football.
The little lad from Stevenage with a heart ran on English resilience and feet blessed with Spanish subtlety.
Not so long ago Jack Wilshere put on a masterclass up against Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets (as Arsenal beat Barcelona 2-1 in 2011) and was heralded as not A future talent, but THE future talent.
Now he could be sold to Antalyaspor.
The Turkish club have confirmed that they are ‘in talks’ with Arsenal regarding a permanent transfer.
The Gunners rejected an ambitious bid of £6.5million from Sampdoria earlier this month but are keen to sell Wilshere before his contract runs out next year.
West Ham, Swansea and Newcastle have all been linked with a loan move for the 25-year-old but Arsenal want to cash in before he is allowed to leave for free.
Antalyaspor president Ali Safak Ozturk said to Turkish Football: “We made an enquiry and are in talks but Arsenal want a lot for Wilshere. It will be a difficult move to pull off.”
Injury-prone Wilshere suffered a broken leg at the end of last season to end an unconvincing loan spell with Bournemouth.
First team opportunities in Arsenal’s midfield are at a premium with Arsene Wenger rating Aaron Ramsey, Granit Xhaka, Francis Coquelin and Mohamed Elneny above Wilshere currently.
And if Santi Cazorla recovers from his long-term injury, the England international will drop a place further in the pecking order.
Antalyaspor finished 5th in the Turkish Super Lig last season and only boast two second tier league titles in their trophy cabinet.
If a move to Turkey does not materialise Wilshere could see out the remaining 12 months of his Arsenal contract in North London.
Though he will likely have to settle appearances in the cup competitions and substitute cameos.
The Golden Boy’s shine and well and truly dulled.