Jack Wilshere very nearly went a whole season uninjured playing on loan at Bournemouth last season, and it would appear that he has fully recovered from his hairline fracture, going by his recent Arsenal performances. He was brilliant against the Man City U23’s a few weeks ago and was one of our best players in the away win at Red Star Belgrade in midweek before finally getting some Premier League time in yesterday’s win at Everton.
The English international had been tasked by Arsene Wenger to prove his match fitness before sitting down for contract talks to extend his current deal, which ends at the end of this campaign, and it would seem he has now done that and according to reports Wenger now wants a deal wrapped up before the New Year when Jack will be free to talk to other clubs.
There is always the danger that Wilshere could choose to move on with the promise of regular football (and probably a giant signing-on fee from a Bosman move) but the player himself has insisted that he wants to stay at the Emirates if possible. “You are always playing for your future but I am happy to be back, to feel part of the squad,” Wilshere said last month. “I am fit and healthy and getting back to my best and when the time comes to sit down and talk or not we will see.
“Do I see myself staying? Of course I do. I love this club. They have been good to me over the years, I have a great relationship with the boss.
“He (Wenger) has played me since I was 17. He has put his trust in me since then. We have a great understanding and of course I want to stay.”
Well that sounds cut and dried, but playing a few reserve games and a few senior minutes does not mean he can survive the season uninjured, but who thinks that Wenger should now be offering Wilshere a good deal in the hope that he returns to his former scintillating form. We certainly could do with his fighting personality in our midfield….