Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has claimed that Jack Wilshere will return to the club in the summer as Bournemouth have not made an approach to sign him permanently.
Questions continue to be raised over Wilshere’s long-term future at the Emirates after he was shipped out on loan at the start of the season.
After recovering from injury hell, Wilshere opted to search for regular first-team football and ended up down on the South Coast.
The midfielder has impressed in Eddie Howe’s team, starting 17 Premier League games.
Arsenal are yet to offer Wilshere a new contract, but it does not seem that he will be joining the Cherries on a full-time basis after Wenger revealed that an approach has not been made.
In Thursday’s press conference, when asked if the 25-year-old will return to Arsenal at the end of the season, Wenger told reporters:
“Yes. We have had no move from Bournemouth for Jack Wilshere.”
After earning regular game time at Bournemouth, the midfielder will not want to give that up when he heads into the new season, particularly as he has been injury free.
It is unsure whether the Gunners will be able to offer the Englishman a weekly starting spot, but his presence has been missed this season.
With Mohamed Elneny spending a big chunk of the winter away at the Africa Cup of Nations and injuries affecting a handful of first-team stars, Arsenal have been depleted in midfield.
Because of his decent form at the Vitality Stadium and his consistent run of games, Wilshere would be a positive addition to the squad for next season.
From Arsenal’s point of view, it would be best for them to tie the midfielder down to a new deal, but if Wenger intends to use him as a bit-part player, Wilshere should consider looking elsewhere.