Arsenal and Wilshere agreed on everything … except money


Earlier this week it emerged that Arsenal’s contract offer to Jack Wilshere would see the midfielder take a pay cut on his basic salary, but with the potential for him to make up that shortfall, and more, via incentives.

The club are, somewhat understandably, taking into account the 25 year old’s injury record, and some of those incentives will be based on his fitness and availability.

Wilshere, whose contract runs out in June, has more than once expressed his desire to stay, while Wenger says his desire is to keep him.

On that front, it seems that everything is agreed, but the hold up at this point is the financial side of things.

Speaking earlier today, Wenger was asked for the latest on the situation, and said, “We know what we want. We want him to stay, we want him to extend.

“He wants to stay. After that, we have to find a satisfying financial agreement with Jack that is good for him.

“That’s what we’re trying to do.”

The BBC’s David Ornstein said this week that there’s confidence on both sides that a satisfactory agreement can be found, so fingers crossed that’s the case.

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