A few weeks ago, Arsene Wenger sounded quite optimistic about the prospect of Jack Wilshere signing a new deal at the Emirates. Things appear to have changed.
While the boss maintains that he’s eager to see the 25-year-old commit his long-term future, it sounds as though the club has made the player a ‘take-it-or-leave-it’ offer that remains unsigned.
Wilshere hinted at an impasse after last week’s win over AC Milan, saying: “Things have changed since then and all I can tell you is that we are no closer to sorting anything out,” he said.”
Asked about the situation in his press conference ahead of the second-leg with the Italian giants, Wenger said: “On my side, nothing has changed.”
He added: “I don’t know [on the chances of him staying], but Jack will be free at the end of the season.
“We make a proposal to him, I want him to stay and to be linked with the club in the future, that’s my desire and I hope he will do it.”
It has been suggested that the offer made to Wilshere doesn’t include a wage increase because the club still has reservations about his fitness after a string of long-term injuries.
Whether that’s true or not, it’s fair to assume that Jack won’t be anywhere the top-level earners at the club if he does sign on with the likes of Mesut Ozil, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan dwarfing him on that front.