In Focus: Wilshere must stay at Arsenal

The Sun reports that Arsene Wenger believes that Jack Wilshere has avoided the worst of his injury issues and he’s prepared to hand the 25-year-old a new contract.

Following an injury-free season on loan at Bournemouth last season, the English midfielder has successfully established his place in Wenger’s Arsenal squad this season, with the former Cherry amassing 16 first-team appearances for the North London team.

What’s the story?

Arsene Wenger is prepared to offer Jack Wilshere a contract extension having impressed with his performances this season. Even though Wilshere completed an entire season with Bournemouth, mostly devoid of injury, it is believed that Wenger is unimpressed with his performances and was prepared to sell the England international in the summer.

Nonetheless, the Arsenal academy graduate – valued at £13.5m by transfermarkt.com – has displayed great commitment and willingness this season that has ensured he has regained his place in the squad. Over the entirety of his career, Wilshere has missed more than three years of action, yet it is reported that the midfielder is keen to stay with the FA Cup winners.

He is facing a similar predicament to team-mates, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, whose contracts at Arsenal expire at the end of the season. From January the 1st Wilshere will be free to discuss terms with overseas clubs, yet Wenger is allegedly eager for him to extend his contract.

Should he stay, or should he go?

The 25-year-old is currently experiencing a period of his career that isn’t blighted by injury, and thus he should look to capitalise on the opportunities he’s been given at Arsenal. If he opts to depart the Gunners, it is unlikely that he’ll be able to sign for a club of similar pedigree.

To prolong his progression, he should stay at Arsenal.