The real reason Jack Wilshere might have to quit Arsenal – report

Arsenal are not willing to increase their £90,000 a week offer to Jack Wilshere because of their growing wage bill, say reports

Transfer Agent
By Transfer Agent
Jack Wilshere
Arsenal star Jack Wilshere Photo: Puma

Arsenal have told Jack Wilshere that he will have to take a 25 per cent pay cut if he is to sign a new contract with the Gunners, according to reports in the British media.

The Sun is reporting that Arsenal are counting the cost of potentially missing out on Champions League football for the second season running.

Arsenal are currently in sixth place in the Premier League table and look unlikely to be able to break back into the top four before the season is out.

Their last remaining hope of securing Champions League football for next season will be winning the Europa League this term, with the Gunners set to take on CSKA Moscow in the last eight.

Missing out on Champions League football is reported to be set to cost Arsenal around £29m in lost revenue per season.

According to the same story, Arsenal are counting the costs of an inflated wage bill, with Mesut Ozil’s new contract plus the signings of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alexandre Lacazette having increased their outgoings considerably.

As things stand, the same article says that Arsenal are not prepared to increase the £90,000 a week offer of a new contract to Wilshere, 26.

Wilshere is out of contract in the summer, meaning that he could be available on a free transfer at the end of the season.

MORE: Latest Arsenal news and views

MORE: Football transfer rumours and gossip


MORE: The latest football transfer news

MORE: Meet the Premier League's most stylish footballers

MORE: Do you know the top Muslim footballers in the Premier League?

MORE: Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house

MORE: Man United latest news

MORE: Arsenal latest news

MORE: Chelsea latest news

MORE: Liverpool latest news

Laver Cup 2018
The Sport Review
Laver Cup 2018: Federer, Djokovic and fellow top-10s relish European defence – ‘We’re ready!’
The Sport Review
Take a tour of Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning house in Madrid
The Sport Review
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Take a tour of Arsenal star Mesut Ozil’s £10m London house with us
The Sport Review
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Chelsea, Arsenal stars feature – Slideshow
Laver Cup 2018
The Sport Review
Laver Cup 2018: Rivals Federer and Djokovic ‘thrilled and excited’ to join forces on opening day
The Sport Review
Paul Scholes: What I really think about Man United’s progress
The Sport Review
Maurizio Sarri reveals Eden Hazard decision ahead of West Ham v Chelsea FC