Wilshere remains in the dark about contract talks


Jack Wilshere says the all he knows about possible talks over a new contract comes from what Arsene Wenger says in public.

The midfielder, who started his first Premier League game of the season in the 0-0 draw with West Ham last night, says he’s pretty much in the dark about when anything’s going to happen – despite the fact that the manager said he wanted to clear up the situation before the January transfer window.

“I said many times that would be decided in December,” said Wenger last month.

“Do we want to clear it up before the January window? Yes.”

However, speaking after the game at the London Stadium, Wilshere revealed he has no idea if or when anything will take place.

“No, there’s no update on the contract,” he said. “We’re in the same position as we were two weeks ago.

“Nothing’s changed. There’s not really a date in the diary. I’ve only read what the boss has said in the media.

“I’ve just played my first game in the Premier League. I’m concentrating on staying fit and staying in this team. That will look after itself.

“When it’s the right time to talk about it, I’m sure the boss will call me and we’ll have a chat.”

The messages from Wenger have been mixed, on the one hand talking up his quality for England yet not playing him for Arsenal, and speaking about having to make difficult decisions.

“I will always decide what is best for him, that is my first priority no matter what kind of decision I make,” said the Frenchman.

“I have to consider the interests of Jack Wilshere and Arsenal Football Club together. If I think his best interest is to stay here then I will absolutely fight 100 per cent for him to stay here because he’s a guy who is top-quality and is back fit now.”

We’ll just have to wait and see what happens, but it doesn’t sound like there’s any urgency from Arsenal’s end.


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