The will-he, won’t-he over Arsene Wenger offering Jack Wilshere a new deal has been ongoing for some months now.
At first the manager wanted the midfielder to prove he was physically worthy of a new contract as he made his way back from a broken leg, and in recent weeks he’s regained a place in the starting XI for the Premier League.
The Frenchman then said he’d sit down with Wilshere to discuss the situation, and at his press conference today there appeared to be confirmation that he would be offering new terms, suggesting that if the money was right then the England international would stay.
“I will sit down with him, yes,” he said. “I believe that, if we can meet a point of agreement financially, he will want to stay.”
Of course it remains to be seen what kind of a package is on offer. Will it be that of an important first team player, or will there be a pay as you play element which takes into account his history with injuries?
Wilshere himself says his desire is to stay with the club he’s been his whole career.
“I definitely want to be, there, I’m enjoying my football and I want to help Arsenal get to where it should be,” he said earlier this month.
“We just have to sort things out, and I’m sure that will happen in the next couple of weeks and that’ll be sorted.”
Let’s hope it works out.