Arsenal not prepared to meet Jack Wilshere demands

Jack Wilshere of Arsenal in action during the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Arsenal at Amex Stadium
Jack Wilshere of Arsenal in action during the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Arsenal at Amex Stadium /

With Jack Wilshere’s contract expiring this summer, Arsenal are not prepared to break the bank to keep the midfielder. The club will make a penultimate offer before the end of the season.

Jack Wilshere will reportedly reject Arsenal’s new contract offer and is considering leaving on a free transfer in the summer. Arsène Wenger revealed the club have made an offer and, at the moment, it looks unlikely that the midfielder will renew with the gunners. Everton, West Ham and Juventus have been linked with a move for the 26-year-old over the past few weeks.

The deal on the table involves a lot of incentives and bonuses. Arsenal are cautious of making a huge offer due to Wilshere’s injury problems. At the start of the season, the club told Wilshere to prove himself to earn a place in the team. The midfielder was absent from Gareth Southgate’s England squad during the recent international break with a knee problem. However, Southgate revealed that the player is in contention to face Stoke at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

Speaking on Wilshere’s injuries, Arsenal assistant manager Steve Bould said, as quoted by The Guardian:

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"“That’s the nature of Jack, I’m afraid. He can pick up an injury because his ankle will turn. He’s got a sore knee.I think perhaps he will always have a little niggle here and there because of the way he is structured. But he’s a great player. A fit Jack Wilshere is a very good player.”"

When Bould was asked whether he hoped Wilshere would stay at the club he said:

"“Of course, I’ve known Jack since he was a real young kid. He loves the football club and we just need him fit more often than he has been in the past. It is something he might have to manage all his career.”"

Wilshere’s contract talks have been going on since September, after he chose to stay put at Arsenal and fight for his place. Wenger previously told Wilshere that the club would not offer him a new deal but it seems like Arsenal’s stance has changed.

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Jack Wilshere’s performances this season have caught the eye with a place in the England XI in Russia reportedly in the pipeline. The 26-year-old has revealed that he wants to prolong his career at his childhood club. But it would take more than £80,000 a week offer for him to change his mind.