Wenger: Contract talks with Wilshere planned for January

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Arsene Wenger says that the hectic festive schedule means that contract talks with Jack Wilshere that were due to take place before the end of the month will now happen in early January.

The midfielder provided a beautiful assist for Alexis Sanchez in Thursday night’s 3-2 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, and his recent return to form has ticked another of the boxes required for him to be offered new terms.

He has proven his fitness, and now shown he can still contribute at Premier League level, so all going well there should be a new contract on the table for him.

Speaking after the win, Wenger said, “The situation is that we will sit down with him. The beginning of January it’s planned.

“There is no delay, I said we would sort out the situation in December at the end.

“I told him that we want to meet and sit down with him to talk about the future. That’s what I did, but now we play today, Sunday and Wednesday, so at the moment the focus has to be on the game.

“At the beginning of January we will.”

The 25 year old’s contribution to the win was noted too.

“He’s coming back in a good competitive shape,” said Wenger, “and I feel that he gives something to the team at the moment that is very interesting.

“On top of that today he gave a great final ball that you want from him.”

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