Jack Wilshere may still be recovering from his hairline fracture in his ankle, but with his Arsenal contract set to run out next summer he is in the driving seat as to what will be his next career move. Arsene Wenger is still convinced that our Jack should still be a Gooner this coming season, as he said: “I think Jack will be with Arsenal next season, yes,” said Wenger. “I will give you a very focused answer on that, that he has to work hard to come back and fight for a place in the team.
“But once he is ready, when he comes back, he will not be far from practising with the team.”
So it would seem that Wenger is keen for him to sign an extension at least, but do any of us really think he could knock Xhaka, Ramsey, Coquelin or even Elneny out of the squad until he proves he is really back to his best.
But it would also appear that the Italian minnows Sampdoria are keen on taking him to Serie A, and it was reported this morning: According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Marco Giampaolo has seen an initial £6.2m bid rejected.
He claims Arsenal are holding out for £8.8m before they’ll consider selling Wilshere.
Sampdoria’s swoop is apparently entirely dependent on Juventus buying Schick.
There is no doubt that Jack would probably get to play on a regular basis at Sampdoria, but he is a London boy through-and-through and I can’t see him being keen to uproot from his family and friends to a team that finished mid-table last year. Although I believe that Genoa is a very beautiful city….
The third option is that he DOES sign an extension with Arsenal, and goes off on loan again to see if he can recapture his fitness and form. Although he managed to get nearly a full season of games with Bournemouth last year, he didn’t really have much return in the form of goals or assists, so I think he still needs to improve a lot to get back into Arsenal’s starting XI.
Which do you think would be best for Jack, and Arsenal?