Jack Wilshere has been urged to consider his future at Arsenal, with Paul Merson claiming he should reject his current contract offer.
The midfielder started his first Premier League match of the campaign in midweek, coming in for the sidelined Aaron Ramsey, and is believed to be in line for a new deal.
The 26 year-old has suffered a number of setbacks over the years, having previously been hailed as the next World Class star to come out of the Gunners academy, and now finds himself struggling for regular football.
Jack is into the final term of his playing contract, and has been said to be trying to earn a new deal this season, and with talks expected to take place this month, Paul Merson has urged him to consider if a new agreement makes sense, describing his potential signing as ‘laughable’.
“Laughable, in my opinion, he doesn’t play,” Merson said on Sky Sports News this morning.
“He plays one game, starts one game against West Ham and now they’re going to give him a new contract.
“If you’re Jack Wilshere you seriously have to sit down and say ‘right, what do I want to do? Do I want to be a bit-part player for the rest of my career or do I want to go somewhere and play football?’.
“He could sign a contract tomorrow morning and be out the team for another six months.”
“This lad was put out on loan for a year, this is the thing with Arsenal,” he added.
“You’ve got Theo Walcott, they gave him a new contract, but he don’t play.
“I don’t know if Arsene Wenger doesn’t like change and doesn’t like bringing in other players that he doesn’t know but it seems to be he’s more comfortable with the players he knows.
“These players need to ask themselves some serious questions. Do they want to just be a bit-part player? They’re at a great club but they have to play football.
“I think it’s laughable from Arsenal to offer him a new contract when they haven’t even played him.
“The players that play in front of him at the moment are laughable. He must sit there and think ‘how do I not play for Arsenal Football Club with the players that are there?’.”
Does Wilshere need to quit the club for his career? Does he deserve to play more regularly in our side?