Jack Wilshere sends open message to Arsenal fans about his future
Jack Wilshere wants talks with Arsene Wenger as his Arsenal contract ticks down
Jack Wilshere wants assurances on playing time from manager Arsene Wenger before signing any contract with Arsenal.
Wilshere has played a bit-part role this season as he struggles to oust Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka from Arsenal’s central midfield.
Last year saw the midfielder go on loan to Bournemouth to gain game time after a series of injuries left him out of plans at Arsenal.
The loan spell with the Cherries was a mixed bag, but his few displays for Arsenal this season since returning have reinforced his desire to play more.
“I want to play in the Premier League so of course I’m frustrated but the team are playing well,” Wilshere is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
“I think we (he and Wenger) will have to talk about that (his future) when it comes down to it. We have got a month until then and me and the boss will probably have a conversation before then and see what happens because obviously when January comes I have only got six months left on my contract.
“We will see what happens between now and then, I will talk to the boss. We have known each other for long enough and we have a good relationship where we can be honest with each other so I’m sure we will be and then we will go from there.
“I’ve said before that I want to stay here and play. I’ve been at this club for 10 years. I don’t have to say how much this club means to me, how good they have been to me. But at the same time as well, the boss has got to be honest with me and I’m sure he will.”
Wilshere can play in the front three as a playmaker and as a central midfielder, but has been unable to force his way into Wenger’s Premier League plans thus far.
With January looming closer and Wilshere being able to open negotiations with other teams, Wenger has a dilemma on his hands.
He faces losing Wilshere on a free if he cannot tie the player to a new contract, and with Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez nearing the exit door at The Emirates, Wenger will not want to lose any more players than he has to.