Jack Wilshere says he’ll sit down with Arsene Wenger before January to discuss his contract situation.
The midfielder is out of contract at the Emirates next summer and could be tempted to leave Arsenal in search of regular first team football that might result in a jaunt to the World Cup next summer.
As things stand, the 25-year-old has played most of his minutes in the Europa League and Carabao Cup this season, a situation that England manager Gareth Southgate says isn’t enough to earn him a call-up.
“I want to play in the Premier League, so of course I’m frustrated, but the team are playing well. It is a difficult team to get into.
“I haven’t been at Arsenal, fit and feeling like I do, for a good couple of years. At the moment, I’m happy. I’ve said there’s going to have to be a conversation because time is running out on my contract. When that time comes, I’ll sit down with the boss and go from there.
“I don’t have to say how much this club means to me. But at the same time as well, the boss has got to be honest with me and I’m sure he will.
“We spoke in the summer and he told me what I had to do. I have got as fit as I can, I have played a few games now and I’m ready to play and that is down to the boss. We have known each other long enough to be honest with each other and I’m sure between now and January we will have that conversation.”
Both Southgate and Wenger have spoken openly about Wilshere in recent press conferences, however, for all the talk, the player says his international boss is yet to pick up the phone to him.
“He’s got my number and he hasn’t called me yet,” noted Wilshere.
“If he wants to call me, my phone is always on. He didn’t put me in the squad and had that to focus on. He said in the press what he wanted me to do: get in the team and play regularly, and that’s what I’m trying to do. That’s all I can do.
“If [Southgate] sees me in that [deeper] position, I have to play in that position. At the moment, I’m playing a bit higher here and the boss sees me there.
“To be honest, that is probably my favourite position. At the end of the day, all I can do is try and get in the team. I’ve played everywhere.”