Wenger hoping Wilshere will ‘show commitment’ to Arsenal
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is hoping it will not be long before Jack Wilshere signs a new long-term contract with the Gunners
Arsene Wenger is hopeful Jack Wilshere will show his commitment to Arsenal by signing a new long-term contract with the north London club.
The 20-year-old midfielder, who joined the Arsenal academy aged nine back in 2001, has two-and-a-half years left on his current Gunners deal and Wenger is confident the England international will agree to an extension in the near future.
“He has always been very committed to this club and I hope he will show that,” said Wenger ahead of Wednesday’s trip to Everton. “There is only one way to show it and that is to commit your long-term future to the club.
“He has two-and-a-half years left – that’s quite a long time. We have built a team [where] we have a lot of young English players, or British players, like [Kieran] Gibbs, [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wilshere. We still have the case of [Theo] Walcott, Aaron Ramsey. You want them all on long-term contracts.”
Wenger also said that he is always keen to give local talent the chance to impress as British players are more likely to commit their long-term futures to the club.
“It is not by coincidence, it is down to the work that we have done that we have more good English players,” said Wenger.
“We look first at quality. If the quality is local, it is of course even better because it gives you more guarantee of stability because the players who are English who play for Arsenal are more likely to stay for a longer term than foreign players.
“But we look first at quality, that is the most important thing.”