Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has strongly dismissed talk concerning the club’s plan to sell Jack Wilshere and he hinted a possible contract extension.
Arsène Wenger has said he has never considered selling Wilshere, nor is he about to start. The midfielder recently made his return after yet another injury setback, which has restricted the 23-year-old to just 13 Premier League appearances this season.
In his absence, the likes of SantiCazorla and Aaron Ramsey have shined while Francis Coquelin established himself in the first team. For some months, has been linked with a big money move to the Etihad in this summer’s transfer market.
Wilshere, who has made just five appearances since injuring his ankle against Manchester United in November, says he will leave the club if he’s not wanted.
Wilshere has been with the club since the age of nine as a player in the youth squad and has impressed from an early age. He made his first team debut in 2008, becoming Arsenal’s youngest ever league debutant at the age of 16 years.
The midfielder stated recently that it would hurt if Arsenal sold him and feel strange to wear another shirt.
“I made Jack Wilshere start at 17 years of age,” said the Arsenal manager. “That means that you cannot show a bigger desire of wanting a player. We have always extended his contract and we have been very patient with all his injuries. At some stage I think he must feel wanted. We always stood by him through every difficult moment. Does that mean we want him to stay here for a longer period? Yes, as we would like to benefit from his talent now.” The message to any potential suitors is an unequivocal hands off.
On the other hand, Wilshere admitted in an interview on Sunday that he wanted to feel loved as he prepared for the final game of the Barclays Premier League season against West Brom.Wenger said: ‘He knows he is wanted.”
Wilshere is one of the group of players waiting anxiously to discover whether he will be selected for the FA Cup final. Last year he came off the bench to make an impression as an impact substitute in extra-time against Hull City.
While Wenger is adamant that Wilshere and Theo Walcott, who has also had to wait patiently for his opportunity to work his way back into the team post-injury, will stay to give the peak years of their careers to Arsenal.