There’s been a fair old bit of speculation around the past couple of days. Most of that can be put down to the international break and all it’s tedium leaving column inches to be filled with spurious articles. Some of it does have an iota of truth from time to time. Occasionally, you know. Not often.
Jack Wilshere’s future at Arsenal is being talked about after he revealed a conversation he had with Arsene Wenger – it’s worth remembering this discussion took place some time before the season began, which is a fact most tabloids have left out of their headlines. Jack said:
“We have known each other long enough where we can have that relationship where we are honest with each other.
It was boiling up for a while because everybody knew I had a year left on my deal and I had been out on loan, got injured, and wasn’t really in his plans.
He (Arsene Wenger) said, ‘I am going to be honest with you and at the moment we are not going to be offering you a contract, so if you can get a contract somewhere else, you can go’.
Obviously I was not happy with that, but at the same time I was happy he was being honest.
He gave me the opportunity with three or four weeks left in the transfer window, but I did not find anything that I wanted and at the same time I was not really fit, so I decided that I wanted to stay and build up my fitness.
He also said at the same time that if I did stay I had an opportunity to fight for my place, and if I performed well in the Carabao Cup and Europa League, I had a chance.”
When you take into account the stories of a pay-as-you-play contract being offered that involves something of a wage cut being offered, it doesn’t really appear like Wilshere is going to be at Arsenal next season. At the beginning of the season, I can’t say I disagreed with what Arsene said to Jack. After a slightly mediocre spell at Bournemouth saw him return with the same niggling injury worries, allowing him to leave would have been a reasonable decision to make. I’m sure there are plenty of others who’d agree.
Now, however, I’m not so sure I agree. Jack has played over 30 games this season and put in some very good performances. Not only has he featured in the majority of our fixtures in the Carabao Cup and Europa League, he’s become an important player in the Premiership. Whilst doing so, he’s looked sharp and fit and deservedly found himself back in contention for a place in the national team – ironically, I’ve just read he’ll miss the fixture in Holland with a knee injury.
As the months pass, the likelihood of an agreeable deal being offered to Wilshere decreases as each day passes. Maybe there’s been a breakdown of trust between manager and player as some suggest, but the amount of games Jack has played and the fondness with which he speaks about Arsene suggest otherwise. There is still time for a resolution, and I do sincerely hope both parties work to find one. Jack Wilshere is a Gooner and it would feel odd watching him play elsewhere.
That’s all for today, folks. Do you think it’s time for Wilshere to leave Arsenal or should the Club be offering him a better deal to stay? Let me know your thoughts.
I’ll be back soon with more.
Until then, and as always; thanks for reading, you beautiful bastards.
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