Jack Wilshere is still stalling on signing a contract extension with Arsenal, according to comments from manager Arsene Wenger.
Wilshere’s contract talks have now dragged on all the way to the end of February. Wenger initially told a press conference they would sort out the situation in December. Then he pushed it back to late December, then January. Now it’s almost March.
The manager says talks are still progressing, but the club are just waiting on the midfielder himself now.
“It is progressing,” he said. “The decision belongs to him (Wilshere) and at the end of the day you have to respect the decision of the player.”
This is further to Wenger’s comments last week that he wants the 26-year-old to sign “very quickly”.
It sounds like the ball is very much in Wilshere’s court, but he’s not making a decision. We’re now just a few months away from his current contract expiring, in June.
Arsenal made their initial contract offer last December, which involved a pay cut to £80,000-per-week, with performance related bonuses. That still seems to be the same offer that’s on the table now, which is a bit concerning.
If we’ve gone for two months without the club improving their offer or Wilshere accepting it, the situation isn’t likely to suddenly change.
Perhaps the academy graduate is waiting to see if results improve first. After all, Arsenal have currently lost all of their most recent League Cup, FA Cup, Europa League and Premier League matches.
Whatever Wilshere is waiting for, it’s just another unnecessary distraction from improving on the pitch.