In Focus: Has Wilshere shown enough this season to deserve an improved contract?

As reported by The Sun, Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is on the verge of an exit from the Emirates due to his refusal to take a pay cut from his current contract at the club.

What’s the story?

Wilshere has had a difficult road back to the Arsenal first team after injury and a season out on loan at Bournemouth but has found his way  into Arsene Wenger’s plans, making 27 appearances for the Gunners this term.

That however hasn’t convinced the club to renew his contract on similar terms to what he currently earns.

That’s according to The Sun, who say that the midfielder was only offered a deal which saw his current £120,000-a-week contract cut by 25%, which he has rejected.

The paper say the two parties are currently miles apart from a resolution, opening up the possibility that he leaves the club this summer on a free transfer.

Is he worth an improved offer?

Fans might argue that given his injury status over the past few seasons that the club are right to play it safe when it comes to handing Wilshere a contract less than what he currently earns.

His initial return to the Arsenal first team earlier this season was a success, impressing in UEFA Europa League matches and transitioning into becoming a starter in the Premier League once again.

However, like the rest of the Gunners first team, his form has dipped in recent matches.

The 26-year-old may not be worth an improved contract approaching the levels that the likes of Mesut Ozil earn, but giving him a new contract on similar terms to what he current receives seems fair.

He’s proven this season he can stay fit for the majority and offers plenty to the Arsenal midfield when playing with confidence.