Jack Wilshere has claimed that he expects his future to be sorted out in a couple of weeks, with Arsenal in line to open talks over a new contract.
The midfielder is currently into the final term of his Gunners deal, and has been said to be playing to prove his worth to the club this season.
Wilshere started the season in recovery having succumbed to his latest injury setback whilst on loan with Bournemouth in the previous campaign, but after being nursed back to fitness by Wenger, is now looking strong and fit.
The 26 year-old has since made his return to first-team action in the Premier League, albeit thanks to an injury to Aaron Ramsey, and Jack is now targeting a place in Russia for next summer.
When asked if his recent outings deserved to leave him in contention for a spot at the World Cup, he responded: “I think so. I think I have proved to myself that I can play in the Premier League, I trust my body again and I am confident going into games that I can affect them.
“That is all I can do, I can have a positive effect on this team and then we will see if the England manager picks me.”
The former Arsenal youth product went onto talk about his current position in terms of his future, and he continues to insist that he wants to be staying with the club beyond his current deal.
“This is where I want to be, this is where I see myself in the future,” he said. “Whether I will be and whether things sort themselves out then we will see in the next couple of weeks I suppose but I definitely want to be here.
“I am enjoying my football and am playing in the Premier League now and I want to help Arsenal get to where it should be.
“I think the biggest thing for any footballer, even more so for me because of the injuries and the games I’ve missed in the past, is that you are playing.
“Apart from that, there are a few small things to sort out but as long as I am playing I am happy, I have missed too much football and I just want to be playing, really.
“I’m in a good place mentally at the minute, I want to continue that and improving on my form, affecting the team, having a positive impact on the team and helping the team try and get into the top four and challenge for trophies.”
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