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Jack Wilshere is now certain that he will sign a new contract at Arsenal after Arsene Wenger finally scheduled formal talks with his midfielder for the beginning of next month.
Wilshere showed arguably his best Arsenal performance since his first major injury back in 2011 during their 3-2 win against Crystal Palace and Wenger said that the West Ham United and Everton target was now back to his best form.
Having joined Arsenal at the age of nine, the ex-Bournemouth on-loan star has always wanted to stay and fight for a starting place but his situation seemed ominous earlier in the year when he returned from a seasons on loan at Bournemouth with a broken leg and then struggled to establish himself in the first-team.
An injury to Aaron Ramsey has provided a prolonged opportunity in the Premier League and, while final details on the length and financial scale of the contract are far from agreed, there is a growing confidence on all sides.
“I have spoken to the boss and he says he will speak to me – I’m sure it will get done,” Wilshere said via The Telegraph. A date for talks has been scheduled after next Wednesday’s Premier League match against Chelsea when Wilshere will almost certainly be rested for Arsenal’s FA Cup third round match against Nottingham Forest.
“It’s planned – there is no delay,” said Wenger. “Jack is coming back into competitive shape. He gives something to the team at the moment, and gave a good final ball for the third goal.”