Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Jack Wilshere, who is currently on loan at Bournemouth, will be offered a new contract at the Emirates.
What’s the latest?
Well, questions were raised over Wilshere’s long-term future at the Gunners after he made the trip down the South Coast to join the Cherries on a season-long loan.
The midfielder required regular game time after a string of injuries severely limited his appearances to just 10 Premier League starts over the past two seasons.
Wilshere recently admitted that he was unsure whether he will finish his career at Arsenal, but from Wenger’s point of view, the Frenchman wants to welcome the 24-year-old back to North London.
“Yes of course,” Wenger told reporters. “Not before the Bournemouth game, no. We have to plan that around the New Year.
“I am happy that he develops well. I think it was basically in the end the right decision for him to go. He gets regular football and now, on the observations I get from our people who watch him, he’s getting stronger every week.”
Should Wilshere pen fresh terms?
A couple of years ago the England international would probably not have had to think twice about signing a new deal at the Emirates, but now that he is getting regular first-team minutes elsewhere, he may consider his future.
Wilshere has made eight league starts for Bournemouth since his arrival in the summer, and in the last four he played the entire 90 minutes.
The question he will need to ask before committing his future to Arsenal is ‘will I play?’. At the moment, Arsenal have many midfield options, including Francis Coquelin, Mohamed Elneny and Granit Xhaka, so breaking into the team will not be easy.
At the age of 24, Wilshere is not a youngster in the football world anymore, and the next few years could really shape his career in the game, particularly when it comes to the international stage.
If he is not performing consistently at club level, his chances of making the England team will dwindle, and he has already made it clear that earning caps for the Three Lions is a priority.
Failing to make Sam Allardyce’s England squad in August convinced him into leaving Arsenal and joining the Cherries.
If Wilshere can be guaranteed first-team football at Arsenal then his loyalty to the club will likely remain, but if he has to settle for a bit-part role, he could be better off elsewhere.