Jack Wilshere says he wants to stay at Arsenal, and hopes that an agreement can be found for him to extend his contract which runs out next June.
The midfielder completed his second 90 minutes of the season in the 4-2 win over BATA Borisov in the Europa League, and in the first half in particular he shone – his quality and craft showing on numerous occasions, not least when he created the first goal for Theo Walcott.
The 25 year old knows his future depends on his fitness, something Arsene Wenger was forthright about just last week, but he’s clear that his preference is stay at the club he’s grown up at.
“Do I see myself staying? Of course I do,” he said. “I have always been at Arsenal, I love this club. They have been good to me over the years, I have a great relationship with the boss.
“He has played me since I was 17. He has put his trust in me since then. We have a great understanding and of course I want to stay.”
Wilshere’s recent return to first team action comes after breaking his leg in a challenge with Harry Kane while playing for Bournemouth last season, but he says it hasn’t been the most trying time as he’s experienced worse in the past.
“People say it’s a long road but it was four months and I have had longer than that before,” he said.
“I felt good coming back to Arsenal and into training and the boss has been good. He has been speaking to me, been patient and I feel good and enjoy working with these top players again.
“Am I 100 per cent back? Maybe not. I felt good in the first half and start of the second and then fitness wise it started to go a bit towards the end. But that is natural and normal. I have only played two full 90s.
“It will come and I am patient at the moment and we will see where I am in three or four weeks.”