RICHARLISON would not feature in Arsenal’s starting XI, claims their former midfielder Jack Wilshere.
The Everton star is set to join Tottenham in a £50m deal, rising to £60m with add-ons.
Richarlison, 25, was signed to add to Spurs’ already powerful attack but Wilshere is stunned by his rivals’ swoop.
Appearing on talkSPORT, the 30-year-old said: “I think he improves the squad, definitely… he gives them something different.
“I wouldn’t say I’m gutted.
“He’s 25, so not young anymore. There comes a point when you have to convert that potential into something, but to be fair if anyone can, it’s Antonio Conte.
“I wouldn’t say I’m devastated as an Arsenal fan but he could be one to watch, he could be really good.”
Asked further if he would have the Brazilian at the Emirates, Wilshere added: “Yes, but I don’t think he’s coming to the XI.
“He would definitely fight for it and be a good part of the squad but I don’t think he’ll make the starting XI.”
Richarlison joins Ivan Perisic, Fraser Forster and Yves Bissouma to sign for Spurs this summer, with Clement Lenglet and Djed Spence reportedly to follow.
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As the north Londoners got excited, Wilshere was asked how he would react if they won the league.
The former England ace replied: “I’m moving to Australia if that ever happens!”
Wilshere is without a club after spending the second half of last season on loan at Aarhus in Denmark.
He is still looking for a new team but could give up his career to take up coaching if the right opportunity to play doesn’t arise.
Wilshere has reportedly been in talks with Arsenal over their vacant positions as Under-23s and Under-18s head coach.
The Gunners need to fill both positions after Kevin Betsy and Dan Micciche leave to join Crawley Town in the second tier.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/football/premier-league/5679405/arsenal-jack-wilshere-tottenham-richarlison/ Arsenal hero Jack Wilshere says £50m Tottenham signing would NOT get Richarlison in Gunners first XI