With just 16 days of December left, why have Arsenal still not offered Jack Wilshere a new contract and why is Arsene Wenger being so shady about it?

At the beginning of November, Wenger insisted that Jack’s future would be sorted ‘in December’. However, we’ve managed to get over two weeks into December without the midfielder so much as being contacted over a new deal.

This week, the 25-year-old even claimed that not only have the Gunners not approached him over a contract extension, he only knows what’s going on because he reads the boss’ comments in the media. From a top club, this is absolutely humiliating.

“No, there’s no update on the contract – we’re in the same position as we were two weeks ago,” Wilshere said.

“Nothing’s changed. There’s not really a date in the diary [for talks].

“I’ve only read what the boss has said in the media.

“I’ve just played my first game in the Premier League. I’m concentrating on staying fit and staying in this team. That will look after itself.

“When it’s the right time to talk about it, I’m sure the boss will call me and we’ll have a chat.”

Now, Wenger claims that he’s always said that Jack’s future will be sorted by the END of December, which isn’t what he said at all. He does realise these press conferences are filmed, right?

“I will talk to him. I said [I would] at the end of December,” said Wenger.

“We are at the beginning of December so it’s true that it’s not far, but I wanted to see, as well, how much he can contribute and how he will last physically.

“It is, of course, for him to be happy to be here as well, that is important. I consider him as an Arsenal man and, for him, it’s important as well to feel happy here.”

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LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 13: Jack Wilshere of Arsenal shows appreciaton to the fans after the Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal at London Stadium on December 13, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

So, what’s going on?

Wenger says that he’s waiting to evaluate Jack’s fitness and where he will fit into the team. The Frenchman has always rated the England international and, while I do believe Wenger wants Jack at the club, if the midfielder continues to get injured, he’s just eating up wages that could be spent on another quality player.

Jack only got his first Premier League start of the season against West Ham so perhaps Wenger anticipated that it would come sooner and the club would be able to decide whether he should stay or not before now.

Perhaps there’s stuff going on behind the scenes that Wenger is once again taking the flack for.

However, that doesn’t change the fact that Jack Wilshere, a fan favourite and a world class player who’s been at Arsenal since the age of nine, is having to find out updates about his own future via the media. It’s not on.

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