Should Arsenal promise Jack Wilshere anything at all?

Jack Wilshere has been at Arsenal since he was a little kid and ten years ago he was considered one of the hottest prospects in the English game, but never-ending injury problems saw him play very little although he was still considered to have enormous unfulfilled potential.

Wilshere was one of Arsene Wenger’s favourites, but even the Frenchman suggested that Jack looked for a new team last summer as the club were wary of risking paying out more enormous wages to an injury-prone player.

Jack did manage to play in 38 games last season and even won back a first team place, which prompted Arsenal to make him a new contract offer, albeit with clauses related to fitness and playing time, but Wilshere decided to try and hold out for a better offer. But Jack’s performances were hardly inspiring in the latter part of the season and his hopes of impressing at the World Cup with England was also denied him and now his options are looking rather limited.

Today it has been reported in the Standard that Jack is now trying to open talks with Arsenal again but he “wants assurances over his role in the team and a clearer idea of Emery’s plans for next season before committing to one of the most crucial contracts of his career.”

I personally don’t think he has even earned a new contract as he is but a shadow of his former self, and I don’t think many other clubs would risk giving him a big money contract either without performance-related clauses. If Emery is really creating a new regime at Arsenal then he should be giving some of our youngsters more playing time ahead of Jack, like Maitland Niles, Nelson, Willock and now Yacine.

Don’t bring back Jack!

Darren N


  1. gotanidea says:

    Wilshere can only be a regular starter if he performs well consistently, hence his bargaining power is not good

    I heard he has removed Arsenal from his social media and follow West Ham players instead, so I think he has decided his future

    It is unfortunate because he is a homegrown and he is a decent squad player, but there are better playmakers available at good price, such as Jean Seri, Rafinha and Denis Suarez

  2. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    Hope he leaves. No more need for pointless, average midfielders anymore now that Arsene has gone.

    1. Phil says:

      Yeah agree-it’s a shame he couldn’t reproduce his early promise after all his injury problems but this Club just cannot afford to carry anyone.We need players to move this Club forward and Jack Wilshere just doesn’t have the quality we need.West Ham is his level and has been for a while.

    2. Lance says:

      If it is true that Wilshere has removed Arsenal from his social media and now follows West Ham, then by his actions he has delivered judgement. So why should Arsenal bother to offer him any assurances. He should leave.

  3. waal2waal says:

    Jack thanks for some inspiring moments during your early years in the first team – if you love the club as im sure you do you will appreciate the transition needed to be among the consistent elite (performing) teams – requires far more than you are able to give – it seems the bar in epl is raised once again and expectations (standards) are so high that some will fall short – in Jack’s position it seems others are now able to be more effective in mid-field than he is. This is football – where (unfortunately) time waits on no-one.

  4. Ozziegunner says:

    waal2waal, very well put.
    Unless Jack Wilshere is prepared to stay at Arsenal as a back up player he should move on.
    Arsenal should be getting Swedish Internation midfielder Emil Forsberg as a replacement for Santi Cazorla. Anders Limpar speaks very highly of him.

    1. waal2waal says:

      …i like jack – although beyond that i want to see the club return to its rightful place – way up among the footballing elite.

  5. Adam Criniti says:

    Isnt 10 years of financially supporting a part time
    player that has spent more time on the treatment
    table than the pitch enough?

    What assurances can Arsenal possibly provide to
    Jack based on his rather schizophrenic form
    during the course of his one injury free season.

    Time to act like a big club for once and wish Jack the best in his future futbol endeavors.

  6. Jeremy says:

    I don’t think the club should promise him anything when he din show anything.

    We certainly don’t want a sick note like Darren Anderton. Scary to have.

  7. drew says:

    I pray for a proper DM, that’s all I ask for. we have the firepower upfront to at least come 4th!!

  8. Pablo Picasso says:

    I thought we already said our good byes yesterday, Jack has come up again?

    Anyway time for him to move on, hopefully England leaving him behind should give him a strong indication on where he is at the moment. Pellegrino wanted him during his City period so a move to Westham would do him good.

    OT: I think the away kit looks way better than the home kit. Puma is really pulling a fast one on us lately, will end up having most fans wearing the away kit at the Emirates. Funny, it also does have some resemblance with PSG’s jersey at first glance, that one is for you Unai.

    1. Sue says:

      I like the away kit!

  9. jon fox says:

    Virtually all Gooners are now of one mind about Wilshere, which I also share. Love that he has been a true Gooner but sick to death of injuries, underachieving and not now considered anything special, so either can or should leave. I say let him go. I see no club anywhere near our stature who would employ him and pay big wages. He must also know this, though he may well be trying to bluff the new regime , in order to get a longer contract. IMO, he has not a hope in hell of doing so. I believe he has already played his last ever game in our shirt, which is sad in a way, but is the correct decision. Professionals are now running the club. Wonder of wonders, after eleven tedious years of Wenger , whom I wanted sacked as long ago as 2007. And every moment since , until the glorious day he “resigned.”

    1. waal2waal says:

      @jon fox
      wonder what you think bout the idea of retaining wilshere among the coaching staff? reason he certainly knows the commitment necessary for a north-london derby, which at times others don’t quite get it. what d’you think…?

      1. Pablo Picasso says:

        I know its meant for jon fox to answer but this has made my day mate. I cant stop laughing, Jack in our backroom staff, heeehe.

        Arsenal vs Spurs will always remain special, the fact that we have some journey men in the team wont change a thing because both sets of fans “hate” each other and this transcends onto the pitch (if not from our team then Spurs & vise versa). Paying someone for one game does not make sense but rather the team is recruiting all these granddads who have experience in big games & push the current crop & we have also hired a passionate coaching staff to make things very interesting.

        Good bye Jack. You are welcome as a fan though, just don’t get hurt clapping when Auba bangs them in.

        1. waal2waal says:

          @Pablo Picasso
          …all input welcome – appreciate your comment and i get it too.

      2. jon fox says:

        He is only 26 and so your suggestion is hypothical. He will play , somewhere, for years yet. Were he older though and newly retired there might be merit in your suggestion. Or there might not too. This is for the fairly distant future. In life, I believe in crossing bridges only when I come to them. Not before! So do almost all people.

  10. Billy says:

    If Jack is committed to Arsenal as we have been to him, he would sign a lesser contract to prove he was good enough for a real contract (Yaya’s agent says he will play for £1 a game to prove Pep wrong) can’t see Jack doing this.

    Thanks for the memories Jack

  11. mark says:

    Just because he has been there a long time doesn’t mean he is a consistently world class footballer. If he was, other BIG teams would have snapped him up before now.

    Like Walcott, he has served the club well, but needs to move on and accept his ability for what it is, erratic and injury prone.

    Honestly, I couldn’t care less what he does. He’s been paid very well for his limited playing time. Let him go to a mid table team where he probably truly belongs..

  12. Trudeau says:

    If I was Jack I think I’d cash in overseas in either the States or China. He is still a big name. If he stays in England I’m can see him going down the Ryan Mason, Tom Cleverly, Joe Allen route. Useful player on mid to lower end PL team. Pains me to say it — so much promise.

  13. Adam Criniti says:

    Happened to stumble across a highlight reel
    (Yes I know its YouTube) of Bryan Chrisante
    from Atalanta (sp?) and color me impressed.
    The young lad has BAGS of talent, and would
    be a good piece of business with his parent
    club Benfica looking to sell him on this summer.
    He reminds me of Goretska, but with a better
    engine and could be a perfect replacement for

    Anyone else have opinions on the young Italian?

    1. killamch89 says:

      Going to Roma

  14. Grandad says:

    Wilshere is no longer good enough for Arsenal,end of story.

  15. st sass says:

    Wilshire out, follow your baby sitter to his next phantom club @ AW
    has anyone seen the football corruption investigation documentary which took place in Ghana?

  16. RSH says:

    hes not good enough. Needs to find another club. No more sentiments.

  17. ruelando says:

    Feeling quite sorry for Wilshere, had the world at his feet at one point, but that hope has faded and now have to settle for being a squad player or move along, for what we have heard it would seem that it is the latter.

    On his new journey, i would like to wish him all the best and hope he makes use of the opportunities provided.

  18. Kuljeet Singh says:

    I really don’t think wilshere is good enough for arsenal at the present moment and I think he doesn’t deserve a mega contract or improved one at the moment so best thing for arsenal is to let him go and he should not even thought of getting a improved contract because according to my view he only played full three seasons and we payed him for long ten years so please..,………. let him go

  19. Amidewa says:

    The thing is, I would still much rather see Wilshere stay than Xhaka. Both are only useful in the deep-lying playmaker role, but we can at least get some money for Xhaka.

    If he wants ‘assurances’ and doesn’t accept a contract based partially on appearances, he should definitely go, though. Both should.

    I’m still dreaming of kev’s post which suggested Ospina, Chambers, Mustafi, Xhaka, Elneny, and Welbz could leave. That would be the best transfer windows if Holding went on loan as well (unlike Mustafi no one will offer anything for him, not if they watched his fa cup and europa league games – atrocious and regressing – double the mistakes of Mustafi per minutes played, and that’s no easy feat).

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