Despite the fact that Arsenal have presented Jack Wilshere a reduced contract because of his injury record, Arsene Wenger is still adamant that he wants the midfielder to stay at the club beyond this summer. Wilshere told us that last summer Wenger told him to look for another club but it would appear that now he has proved his form and fitness (until he went away with England, that is) the Gunners management have decided to offer Jack an extension after all.
‘I can only reassure him that I want him to stay,’ Wenger said. ‘We make him a proposal, after that you have to accept Jack is at an age where he will have offers from somewhere else.
‘Personally I put my weight in for him to stay and push him to stay.’
‘I think he’s an Arsenal man. [AC Milan manager Gennaro] Gattuso said the other day he has the technique of a Spanish player and the character of an English player. I think it’s well judged. That’s why you want him to stay at the club.’
Wenger has already made a statement saying that he sees Wilshere as a future Arsenal captain, so it would seem that he is very keen for him to stay and his latest words have emphasised this, but the ‘powers that be’ that decide what wages will be offered to the players are obviously not so keen to take such a big risk on the Englishman’s fitness in the future.
Wenger also stated his hope that Jack can remain fit as well. “Jack has gone through long term injuries and you hope in the next three or four years he will be injury free and you’ll see the real Jack Wilshere.
“He went to the European Championship and, basically, he didn’t play. He came on a few times but Jack Wilshere in full power, full fitness is a regular player in the England national team.”
Let’s hope that Wilshere stays fit as well, but his latest bout of tendinopathy does not augur well for Jack….