Arsene Wenger didn’t have much to say about Jack Wilshere’s future at Arsenal during his pre-Milan presser but what he did say told us a few things.
“On my side nothing has changed,” Wenger said on Wednesday afternoon. “What are the chances of him staying? I don’t know.
“Jack will be free at the end of this season.
“We make a proposal to him. I want him to stay and to be linked with the club for the future. That’s my desire, I hope he will do it.”
1Ball in Jack’s court
It’s now become rather apparent that the reports circulating about the 26-year-old being unhappy with Arsenal’s offer of an incentivised contract are probably true.
First the midfielder and now Wenger have made it clear that the ball is firmly in the player’s court.
“Yeah, but things have changed since then and all I can tell you is that we are no closer to sorting anything out,” Wilshere said last week.
Given Wilshere’s injury history, the club are said to only be willing to offer him a basic wage of £90k-per-week plus playing bonuses. And while that might sound completely reasonable to you and I, to Wilshere, this isn’t good enough and he isn’t willing to agree to it… Even though, if he does stay fit, he’ll probably end up earning over £120k-per-week anyway, which is how much he currently makes.
Arsenal have obviously put across their argument and Wilshere isn’t settling, making the likelihood of the two parties actually coming to an agreement seem pretty unlikely now.
As Wenger said, Arsenal made a proposal to him and the boss hopes he’ll accept it.