Arsenal are set to open contract talks to with several key players in order to tie their future to Arsenal’s.
According to report, Jack Wilshere will sign a new contract for Arsenal in the coming weeks.
The Englishman is currently on loan at Bournemouth after a deadline day loan switch to The Cherries, however Arsenal are set to make a move & secure the long term future of the player.
Wilshere requested a move away from the Emirates at the end of the summer after growing frustrated at the lack of opportunities in the starting XI, despite returning early to pre-season training & having a good level of preparation for the new campaign.
The midfielder initially favoured a loan move to the continent, with both Roma & Milan very interested in his services. However Arsenal weren’t overly keen on letting him go, and previous negative dealings with Roma, who I understand AFC made contact with in regards to Manolas, didn’t help matters. As a result Jack ended up at Bournemouth under the stewardship of Eddie Howe, who is said to have wooed the player with his plans for him.
Personally, I can understand Jack’s frustrations. With other members of Arsene Wenger’s midfield requesting a move away from the Gunners in the summer, and returning back later to pre-season, it must have been quite disheartening to see them fast-tracked past him into the side.
Yes, maybe he could’ve stayed and fought for his place, but I don’t think that would have done anyone any good. We’ve seen in recent seasons that the in & out model doesn’t work with Jack. He needs consistent game time in order to get fully match fit, play at his best & most importantly, stay injury free. Another stop-start season would’ve only harmed his development & future further, so whilst it was annoying at the time to lose him, the move was the right thing.
The good news is the club are now moving to secure the player’s long term future. With Santi Cazorla unlikely to be renewed & Aaron Ramsey’s long term Arsenal future in doubt, Arsenal know they will struggle to find a player of Jack’s ability anywhere in Europe to fill the void.
I’m told Jack see’s his long-term future at Arsenal, however Arsenal will need to put the right contract with the right assurances in front of him. I still make him odds-on to be a future Arsenal captain.