Arsene Wenger continually delayed the talks with Jack Wilshere over a new contract extension at Arsenal for so long that the Gunners are now risking losing the Englishman for nothing in the summer. The problem is, that when Wilshere did come back to the Arsenal first team, he not only proved that he could handle two games every week when called upon, he was also one of our best players on the field.
His consistency may have impressed Wenger but it is not surprising that many other managers have also realised that he could be an excellent signing on a free, if the contract is run down right until the end of the season. Jack continually expressed that he was keen to re-sign for the Gunners, but with Wenger putting off any negotiations until January our Jack must have become more and more frustrated with his Boss.
The latest rumours are that Jurgen Klopp is keen to take him to Liverpool to join up with Wilshere’s mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who Wenger was forced to sell in the summer when the Ox made it clear that he would not be signing a new contract with the Gunners. There are also many reports that Wenger has only offered Jack a reduced contract due to his injury problems over the years, whereas Liverpool will match his present wages and probably give him a massive signing on fee as well if he arrives on a Bosman.
Wilshere may be thought of as the new Mr Arsenal by many fans, but surely he would be considering a new start with Liverpool, especially as he was dropped in favour of Aaron Ramsey this weekend, who went on to score a hat-trick and is unlikely to be dropped in the near future.
Never mind the competition for his place in the Arsenal team and the financial implications, there is also the small matter of Liverpool being much more likely to be in the Champions League than Arsenal next season.
Would Wilshere be considered a ungrateful traitor if he moved to our rivals in the summer?