Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Jack Wilshere’s contract situation should be sorted before the January transfer window.
Wenger wants to sort out Wilshere’s future in December before the transfer window opens.
“I said many times that [Wilshere’s contract] would be decided in December,” said the boss. “I wanted to give him six months not to think about that and see where we go. Do we want to clear it up before the January window? Yes.”
As everyone is now well-aware, the 25-year-old has under a year left on his current deal and although West Ham have been linked with a permanent move for him, I think most Gooners would rather he stay. If that’s what he truly wants, of course.
The midfielder has made six appearances for the Gunners since returning from his four-month lay-off over the summer and although he’s not been at his sharpest during the last two, I feel as if the fans’ love for him is more about what he represents. He’s been at the club since the age of nine and genuinely loves it. We don’t see that anymore.
Wilshere’s first half against Red Star Belgrade on Thursday night, which ended 0-0, wasn’t great. He completed just 20 passes and struggled to get involved. However, after the break he kicked things up a notch and found his footing. He still wasn’t up to the standard he had been earlier in the competition but it’s all a process at the moment.
Has Wenger already made his decision over whether he’ll extend the Englishman’s contract in December? It’s hard to tell. But if he stays fit, I don’t see why not. It might, however, come down to whether Wilshere wants to stay.