Report: Wilshere set for 3-year Arsenal contract

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According to the Evening Standard, Jack Wilshere is on the verge of signing a three-year contract extension at Arsenal.

The midfielder, 26, only has six weeks of his current deal left to run but has finally agreed on terms after protracted negotiations that have run for the best part of 18 months.

After an injury-hit couple of seasons, and a year on loan at Bournemouth, Wilshere returned to the Emirates last summer and went on to make 38 appearances in all competitions.

It wasn’t enough to earn him a place in England’s World Cup squad – Gareth Southgate cited a dip in form at the end of the season – but he showed flashes of the talent that saw him break into the first team a decade ago.

The Standard report that Wilshere will earn around £100,000 a week and that the contract continues to be performance incentivised, although he has to complete fewer minutes and appearances to trigger his maximum payment.

Good news for Jack. It’ll be interesting to see how he’s utilised by whoever replaces Arsene Wenger.

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Stenz
Stenz

Good news, now just to tie down Rambo to a new long term deal

Paulo
Paulo

It feels like extending Wilshere’s contract is a decision made almost entirely to soften the blow of Rambo’s departure, and as such is utterly ill-conceived.

He had a couple of good games, but on the whole, Jack was really poor last season.

Martin
Martin

I cannot see why keeping Jack means Ramsey leaving. Wither the Europa league we need a large squad

hamshere
hamshere

Ridiculous comment, try again tomorrow

The Question
The Question

we can all have a field day with ridiculous comments because there’s no more thumbs up and down buttons. what happened to the buttons !?

Gooneron
Gooneron

Good for him.

Batgooner
Batgooner

Didn’t performed well during this season but showed better fitness and was great in some matches . Hopefully it turns out well for him and soon rambo signs da ting

ArcticMarty
ArcticMarty

Excellent option to have attacking from deep. Delighted we kept him

Berlingoon
Berlingoon

Big wage considering his injuries but I think although he was far from being brilliant this season he has shown enough to give him a chance to prove himself under a new manager. Nevertheless, if he plays next season like he played the last one, I would seriously consider to cash in on him then. But happy that he stays for now. Now please sort out Rambo! To lose him would be a real blow for this midfield which is already desperately in need of quality additions.

Glocken
Glocken

This will be an unpopular opinion but I wouldn’t have re-signed Jack for another three years and I would have let him go this summer.

He has played more often this season but aside from a couple of games he hasn’t been at a level that I think we need in midfield. His injuries are still reoccurring to the extent that you can’t build your team around him or name him in your first choice eleven every week, you are essentially paying a guy £100,000 a week to be a squad player. Considering we are working on ‘reduced budgets’ this summer and allegedly have 50 million to play with, I’m not sure this is wise.

I think Jack could have done with a change of scenery and a new challenge this year and it would/could allow us to buy a couple of new more dependable midfielders.

If he gets fitter next year and plays to a better standard I will hold my hands up and say I got it wrong. But considering the overhaul we need in the summer and the pressures we will be under next season, at this present time I think this is the wrong move.

Divianshu
Divianshu

Everyone knows Wilshere is a class midfielder. With Arsenal definitely short of money, losing him for free won’t work definitely. Paying him better won’t work either. I think it’s a master stroke by Arsenal to pay him less than what he wanted and still keep him. With WC’s shock exclusion, I believe he will work harder and prove his doubters wrong. But still, if Wilshere didn’t plays well, Winter Transfer Window comes calling and it will be better to keep him now and cash in later than lose him on free

Assshavin
Assshavin

It’s hard being an attack minded midfielder when you arent given alot of freedom to actually attack. In my opinion Wilshere is good enough for a midfielder in a midfield of three. Honestly would rather sell Ozil (mostly because of his wages), as hes crippling us from becoming a top team, simply because playing with two in midfield is no longer used in top football (hes not a winger). Dont believe me? Look at the most succesful teams in the world and see how they all play with 3 in midfield. Even Guardiola didnt want to play with De Bruyne in his midfield (last season), until he learned to play in a deeper role (became better defensively).

Hantal
Hantal

I worry this is happening because Ramsey’s off, was hoping wilshire would go to free up wages and a squad place- his contribution last season could easily be replaced by a youngster. Disappointing

afan
afan

it would be more cost effective to let ozil go, jack earns nothing compared to ozil

Rotty
Rotty

And Jack does nothing compared to Ozil.

Ramsey is twice the player that Jack is and Ozil even more so.

Martin
Martin

Maybe cost effective but from a footballing point of view would weaken the team. Ozil is still our most creative player

A P
A P

That’s because Wilshere has nothing on Ozil.

Public Elneny
Public Elneny

Having thought about it, Ramsey leaving needn’t be a bad thing providing we can get a good fee and can replace him. He’s a really niche player and very inflexible tactically. Ostensibly a centre midfielder but who’s go-to decision is to make off the ball runs ahead of the ball, leaving him constantly out of the game when we lose the ball. Could work in a 4-3-3 but not as one of the 2 in a 4-2-3-1. Especially when partnered with Ozil in midfield he leaves the other deep lying midfielder way too much to do defensively and in linking the defence to the attack.

Basically we have 2 of our starting midfield whose role is to do whatever the fuck they like. And when you take into account Aaron’s injury record, and his long, slow ramp up to form, the games where you can expect him to make a positive difference across a season are really quite limited.

Invest his transfer fee back into a more well rounded centre midfielder. They may not single handedly win us games like Aaron can, but the overall system will be so much more solid.

PeteyB
PeteyB

I like Rambo a lot but agree with most of this. Given we have a few more years of Ozil, and have added Mkhi we shouldn’t lack creativity. Equally Mkh, Aubumeyang and Lacazette look capable of getting plenty goals so we shouldn’t miss that too much.

Pete
Pete

Totally agree. When Ramsey was great for Wales he was playing in a much more advanced position, at times playing off the front man. He’s really good there but that’s where Ozil plays.

I feel really sorry for Xhaka because he ends up doing a lot of covering when he’s not really suited to it. A bit like Arteta used to have to when he played alongside Ramsey.

Don’t get me wrong I think Ramsey is a brilliant player but we’re putting square pegs in round holes again. If we’re not going to play him where he’s suited then we should sell him. Ideally we need a Kante to play alongside Xhaka, who could then play 10 yards further forward where he’d be much more comfortable and wouldn’t be constantly finding Ozil in the space he wants to occupy.

Given what we need to do this summer in other areas and the fact he probably won’t sign a new deal I think we have to be a bit ruthless and sell Ramsey.

The painful thing is he’ll probably be played in his best position somewhere else and be awesome.

Kostas
Kostas

I also agree with this. Xhaka+Ramsey+Ozil doesn’t work. One of them should leave and the most obvious choice is the Player of the Year, who is running out of contract. As a replacement we need a matuidi -style run- all-over player to pair up with Ozil and Xhaka.

Public Elneny
Public Elneny

The annoying thing is Rambo could be an absolutely brilliant genuine box-to-box midfielder if he put his mind to it. He’s just chosen the absolute worst player to idolise: Steven Gerrard – all natural talent and physicality, but no brains. Personal glory before the team.

I don’t want to put him down too much cos he’s been a very good player for us over a long time, but he could have been / could be more if he was a bit smarter and more selfless. Part of that is on Wenger I guess.

leeroy
leeroy

Curtains for Ramsey?

TeeCee
TeeCee

If that’s what it takes, I’m sure we can run to a set of curtains for him. Maybe with a tasteful rhinoceros print.

afan
afan

that’s great news, im pleased for him

Laughing Stock
Laughing Stock

This sounds like bye bye Ramsey to me unfortunately

Cliff Bastin
Cliff Bastin

Boom outtta NOWHERE

Mpls
Mpls

Haha, since i’ve been deprived of my thumbocracy i’ll have to sheepishly admit that made me chortle a bit.

Arse-Head
Arse-Head

Maitland-Niles has much more to offer in the middle than Wilshere does, wouldn’t have been too upset if he had left to be honest. Fearful of Ramsey not renewing now.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

You will say same of Niles in 5 years.

lari03
lari03

AMN is the replacement for Ramsey. Willock is also waiting in the wings, so we cannot afford the luxury of a CM, who plays as a forward neglecting the core duties he is supposed to perform.

Laca-Sead
Laca-Sead

Happy if he stays. Great attitude, determination, his grit is welcome. Regarding Ramsey I would believe he is waiting to see who’s the next manager is going to be. Another downside of having a possible unproven/underwhelming manager.

Public Elneny
Public Elneny

Hopefully Arteta can teach him how to be effective defensively despite not being much of an athlete.

I’ve always much preferred him in that deep lying midfield position but his lack of defensive ability kind of requires him being partnered with a specialist holding midfielder. Unless he were to improve that aspect of his game obviously

Twatsloch
Twatsloch

That’s what Giroud was on. Can’t really see him being worth that but whatever. All I want to hear now is the official announcement of Arteta.

Lettra
Lettra

Good for jack always routed for him..I love it when someone from our academy makes it but I’m a bit torn on this one..
He needs to be meticulously managed and If he can manage to play as many games as he did this season , he will improve and it will be a good move. Having what should be a youngish England international signed on for 3 years is good as well if it doesn’t work out there is a market value.

Laudgunner
Laudgunner

Naaa. The good news is that Nacho Monreal would be going to the World cup. This guy is everything I want our current players to have. Wow.

ramgooner
ramgooner

Nacho earned it. This guy is captain material.

pradeep kachhala
pradeep kachhala

yep i am happy he is in

ramgooner
ramgooner

This summer is a golden opportunity for Jack and Ramsey to work on their fitness and get in touch with their real selves.

Ramsey has played 300+ top flight games for us and 50+ caps for Wales.

Jack has 200+ top flight games and 30+ caps for England.

About time they got us challenging for the PL.

PS:None of that Theo Walcott’s ‘They wanted it more than us’ speech anymore.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

Unfortunately what Theo said was reality 80% of time, the last three years. Players got used to losing, showing a disappointed face, tacking their bath, going home, getting paid,.buying the new sport car that they wanted and life goes on.
Somebody needs to stop this and that’s the reason, I do not want Arteta in the job. Give the money to Enrique or try to get Conte.

ramgooner
ramgooner

That’s the reason i want Arteta or Vieira in the job. You think these ex-gunners will tolerate what’s happening. Arteta will have a sense of accountability and he will not hesitate to be ruthless if needed.

What will an Allegri or Enrique or Conte do. It won’t matter to them if they fail at Arsenal. They’ll move on to the next gig.
We need a guy who truly gets the club.

Ramsey's New Contract
Ramsey's New Contract

They say it takes as long as a player was out injured for, for them to get back to their best. Given Jack’s career i’d stay he’s still in this recovery phase. But in the span of this three year contract i’d say there’s every chance we get a very decent footballer out of him. It could be much like Rosicky in the final three, four years of his time with us (though hopefully with less injuries).

Daft Aider
Daft Aider

Tough call this either way,
will be glad when it’s signed either way….

ASVS
ASVS

With Wilshere it’s always about the “if”. The fact that his season was underwhelming is only a disappointment if you expect him to play like he used to before all his injuries. Obviously he’s capable of better than this, IF he can stay fit and get the minutes he needs. Returning from an injury nightmare takes time.

Men With Ven
Men With Ven

Meh, at this stage I’m really not sure he’s good enough. Good squad player to have the option of using.

LEFT08
LEFT08

I like Jack as a character and he has been unlucky. Still think 100,000 a week is too much considering his situation though. A lot of our players have great contracts without having won many trophies. How much will they earn when they become champions?

Runnings
Runnings

Sign him up…with our transfer kitty as it is, this is a bargain. He already knows the system and needs to prove his point. Time to rise to the occasion.
COYGs

pradeep kachhala
pradeep kachhala

so is this really a creative 1 year extension?
Think about it – at the end of next season he will have 2 years left and if he hasn’t done much we can sell him for a decent(ish) fee otherwise he enters the dreaded final 2 years of his contract
Perhaps a 2 year contract at best
This is positive though – clearly he isn’t the same player he could have been but can still add to the team and maybe under a new manager he can adapt his game to suit his physical limitations? A deep lying play maker for example?
Your thoughts?

HotFuzz14
HotFuzz14

My thoughts are with Jack in this trying times of watching the WC from his sofa as opposed to being with the lads in Russia

Rich
Rich

I’d rather we let him go, he’s done nothing over the course of his last deal to warrant a new one.

Thesoulofpdavis
Thesoulofpdavis

I think this is sensible from the club
Think about it. Theres no doubt that he has talent and on his day hes a potential World Class player which for me makes where he is now even more tragic as ive always believed that his lifestyle was the major factor for both the injuries and inconsistent performances.

But one more year to prove it and a chance for the club to recover any wages paid this year and a small profit if we sell. Hes at least worth £10m .

Mpls
Mpls

Blogs, for some reason when I try to give a thumbs up it’s telling me ‘you are not allowed to vote on this comment’.

I’m on an ipad running OS 11.2.

Mpls
Mpls

From the looks of the tallies I’m not the only one.

Scott P
Scott P

I tried to upvote this, but I wasn’t allowed :p

Mpls
Mpls

Same for my laptop (pc), so it’s not OS / plaftorm.

Mesut O'Neill
Mesut O'Neill

It’s a disgrace that a club of Arsenal’s size & income has to think about “freeing” up wages in order to compete.

Kroenke is killing our club.

Hantal
Hantal

That’s not on kroenke, it’s down to premier league rules only allowing a percentage increase over several years- our signings this year have pushed us to the limit

Hlebs dancing feet
Hlebs dancing feet

I love Arseblog and some of the memorable ‘people’ in the comment section but I cannot stand the discrepancy in how certain players are treated.
Jack wilshere is a good player now but he was on center projected to be the next Gaza (maybe he will rise to that level and maybe he won’t anymore) but all this passion and future captain talk is bollox imo.
Why? This guy has done more than Alex song or Van Persie and everyone is on his Johnson because he gets into squabbles on the pitch.
I understand these two guys left the team in when we really needed them but while they were with us they delivered more than Jack ever has (we were still knocked out in that famous Barca game) and if you think Jack wouldn’t go to Barca or Utd if they really wanted him you’re joking.
It’s good he has signed but I want impactful players in Arsenal, I don’t understand why people are happy as if it was Aaron thats signed an extension. In my honest opinion jack is in the same footing as Elneny in this Arsenal team, a squad depth option. Rant over.

Hlebs dancing feet
Hlebs dancing feet

I made several errors I that post.. Point is Jack has more hype than shamwow and I don’t approve.

Luigi Ravioli
Luigi Ravioli

“projected to be the next Gaza”

Well, his injury record isn’t great, but I’m struggling to see how he can be in a worse condition than the self governing Palestinian territory.

Dino
Dino

Rambo deal is the most important one. I think Wilshere deal is win-win! He provides decent squad depth, history at club, homegrown and a dribbler (not the best but we don’t have many).

Bob dobbery
Bob dobbery

Bye bye Aaron 🙁

Martin
Martin

Exactly why?

Martin
Martin

Why do so many assume by keeping Jack we will sell Ramsey. Surely with the Europa league we need a large squad so it makes sense to keep both of them

Hantal
Hantal

The general thinking is that arsenal were willing to let jack go, but have upped the wage offered due to them expecting Aaron to leave

baz00r
baz00r

I don’t understand this either. Like £20K a week extra has anything to do with whether Ramsey stays or goes. I don’t think our finances are that stretched.

Jordy
Jordy

Rambo going to Juventus.

Vonnie
Vonnie

Not bothered about Wilshere or Ramsey to be honest, but if we do keep them, and Mikel Arteta is the new manager, then they’ll both have to up their game and be a lot more discipllned. Jack’s sense of entitlement astounds me, but at least if he continues to be shite most of the time we’ll be able to get some money for him in January.

Finlay307
Finlay307

Bournemouth level player

Gooners & Roses
Gooners & Roses

100k? I wont offer more than 80k to be honest. We have enough midfielders earning that kind of money but tend to disappear in games when we need them most. He is unique, that is well regarded. But up to know, he was only consistent in patches (Thanks Theo).

baz00r
baz00r

£100K a week doesn’t go a long way these days. To replace the guy with another midfielder of similar quality you can expect they are going to want to be equally remunerated.

He did have a good first half of the season and in numerous games was arguably our best player. I think he was just overplayed in the end and looked jaded and lethargic in games.

Still he got through more games this season then 2010/2011 so maybe his injury woes are behind him? I don’t think it’s bad business to be fair.

Fatgooner
Fatgooner

It looks like the voting isn’t working. So I can say that Wilshere is a useless, hopeless, pathetic piece of rubbish who should have been sold years ago!

So there!

baz00r
baz00r

Yeh well….you’re fat!

santori
santori

He’s been good when he is 100% fit.

Plus he bleeds Arsenal 100%

Trouble is he doesn’t seem to be able to sustain his power over consecutive matches and seems to drop.

It will be imperative to get another mid into the mix.

1) AMN has been great utility but I think he should strictly push Bellerin now for Rback.

2) Granit has improved and is an asset for us in terms of releasing the ball quickly from deep. His defensive work has also gotten better. BUT he is not entirely a defensive shield. If paired with Jack he could work well but we need an alternate bc Jack is injury prone and may as mentioned not be able to sustain over long duration.

3) Elneny has improved but is still a bit mediocre. He’s diligent and has improved his forward passing but can still be lightweight with challenges. I think Granit and Elneny should push for similar one position as the deeper player (with the Swiss still edging ahead of the Egyptian) but we need one more who has a bit more power and no nonsense to cover. For me, Elneny is back up.

4) Ramsey is the other player who can play in deep midfield next to Granit or Elneny but TBH he is best played further forward where he reaps rewards from his better instincts. In midfield, his wandering up field can be a liability.

5) Iwobi is a player whom I have always felt is better deeper. He had issues receiving with pressure behind him. Played in late season in deep position, he was better able to see play forward and leveraged on his strength/technical skills. I’d like to see him played more next to Granit or a new man.

So if we consider the deep midfield pair of say Granit/Elneny and Jack/Iwobi We need one more to mix in and cover give added capabilities.

I believe Jean Michel Seri is in the rumour mills. He has technical qualities and combative personality which we will need to give us something different.

Another interesting (younger) option may be Tanguy Ndombele at Lyon this season. He’s taller than Seri (at 6′) which may give us some added protection against teams employing Fellaini tactics. On loan from Amiens, he won’t cost much and at 21yrs, may have a bit of patience to rotate.

Iniesta is standing down at Barca. At 35yrs, he is in his late autumn but he played a deeper defensive position in his early years which could suit him and should we need someone to bridge a year or so just to get us back into CL, he may have the experience to cover and control for us.

We need a bit of technical skill in that deep midfield and also a bit of either raw power and/or experience to know how to cover defensively regardless IMO of Jack signing a new deal.