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Wenger: Wilshere offered ‘long-term’ contract at Arsenal

PUBLISHED: 18:37 19 April 2018 | UPDATED: 18:37 19 April 2018

Jack Wilshere of Arsenal in the UEFA Europa League game between Arsenal v CSKA Moscow at the Emirates Stadium, Islington, London. Picture: DANNY LOO

Jack Wilshere of Arsenal in the UEFA Europa League game between Arsenal v CSKA Moscow at the Emirates Stadium, Islington, London. Picture: DANNY LOO

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Arsene Wenger has revealed Arsenal have offered a “long-term” contract to Jack Wilshere and that his future will be decided before the World Cup.

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere (left) and Stoke City's Joe Allen battle for the ball during the Premier League match at The Emirates Stadium, London.Arsenal's Jack Wilshere (left) and Stoke City's Joe Allen battle for the ball during the Premier League match at The Emirates Stadium, London.

The Gunners midfielder has less than three months remaining on his current deal and has been delaying signing fresh terms at the Emirates Stadium.

Reports suggest Wilshere has been offered a lower basic salary to remain at Arsenal, with talks seemingly at an impasse despite the contract being on the table for some time.

Having struggled for fitness during the past three years, culminating in spending last season on loan at Bournemouth, the 26-year-old has firmly re-established himself in Wenger’s side in recent months.

That led to an England recall and, although Wilshere was forced to withdraw from the squad for the March friendlies against Holland and Italy with a minor knee injury, Wenger believes the player’s future will be sorted soon.

Jack Wilshere of Arsenal in the UEFA Europa League game between Arsenal v A.C. Milan at the Emirates Stadium, Islington, London. Picture: DANNY LOOJack Wilshere of Arsenal in the UEFA Europa League game between Arsenal v A.C. Milan at the Emirates Stadium, Islington, London. Picture: DANNY LOO

“I cannot give you any news because I don’t really know what is in his mind,” the Frenchman said when asked for an update on Wilshere’s contract wrangle.

“He has an offer that is on a long-term contract basically, and I hope that at some stage he will sign it.

“I think he will make his decision before the end of the season. He will not want to go to the World Cup and not have settled his situation because that would not be reasonable as well I think.

“He has the freedom to make that decision, he knows I want him to stay.”

Jack Wilshere of Arsenal in the Europa League game between Arsenal v Ostersunds FK at the Emirates Stadium, Islington, North London. Picture: DANNY LOOJack Wilshere of Arsenal in the Europa League game between Arsenal v Ostersunds FK at the Emirates Stadium, Islington, North London. Picture: DANNY LOO

Mesut Ozil was in a similar position to Wilshere earlier in the year but signed a vastly-improved deal to end speculation over his own future.

However, with Wilshere’s negotiations taking longer, Wenger insists players cannot simply be paid what they ask for.

“If you think like that, there’s no limitations anywhere,” he added.

“As a club. you want the players to stay and to be paid well, and I believe that everybody would agree that we pay our players very well.”

Jack Wilshere of Arsenal after the UEFA Europa League game between Arsenal v A.C. Milan at the Emirates Stadium, Islington, London. Picture: DANNY LOOJack Wilshere of Arsenal after the UEFA Europa League game between Arsenal v A.C. Milan at the Emirates Stadium, Islington, London. Picture: DANNY LOO

The 68-year-old was more evasive on his own future, claiming his main concern at present is delivering Europa League success, with the first leg of a tricky semi-final against Atletico Madrid coming up after this weekend’s Premier League visit of West Ham.

“For us it’s absolutely vital to beat them (Atletico) and to have a chance to go into the final and win the competition,” he said.

“We have a big obstacle, a big hurdle in the semi-final. I would even say that Atletico Madrid are seen as the favourites to win the competition, but I believe that at our best, we can beat them.”

As is seemingly always the case at Arsenal, there are other players whose futures remain up in the air.

None more so than as Santi Cazorla, who has not played in 18 months since suffering an ankle injury.

Despite his absence, the Spaniard was handed a one-year extension last summer and Wenger admits a new deal could be offered even though he has not kicked a ball for the Gunners since October 2016.

“The last news I heard is that he is doing very well,” Wenger said after revealing he had not spoken to Cazorla since the Carabao Cup final.

“I hope that certainly he will come back before the end of the season and we can make a check-up of where he stands.

“Can he play again in the Premier League? I don’t know, I have to see how he responds to his injury. Honestly, I don’t know. I hope yes, but I don’t know.”

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