Arsene Wenger says he’d like to keep Jack Wilshere at Arsenal this season but hinted the player’s long-term future at the Emirates is still up for debate.
The England international has entered the final 11 months of his contract and could leave on a free should the Gunners not offer an extension before next summer.
Wilshere featured for Arsenal’s under-23s on Monday night as he stepped up his recovery from a fractured leg suffered in the final weeks of last season while on loan at Bournemouth.
In the eyes of the boss, the most important thing for the midfielder is continued game time.
“For him, it’s good that he’s back and available,” he told his pre-Stoke press conference.
“He needs games now. He might play again on Monday night [against Manchester City under-23s], but overall, what is important for him is a natural progression to be completely fit. He’s not far away now.
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Asked if he sees Wilshere playing his football at the Emirates this season, Wenger added:
“At the moment, yes. I plan him to be here for the whole season. After, we’ll see at the end of the season.”