Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has had a rollercoaster career thus far, and at the age of just 26, it seems as if his future with the North London club is in doubt.
As reported by Evening Standard, the Englishman responded to comments made by manager Arsene Wenger that suggested the ball was in his court. Wilshere spoke after Arsenal defeated AC Milan 2-0 in their UEFA Europa League first leg tie.
“Yeah, but things have changed since then and all I can tell you is that we are no closer to sorting anything out.”
The club reportedly offered a performance-incentivised extension which would actually see a reduction in his original £90,000 per week wage. With the help of certain bonuses, that figure allegedly rises to over £120,000.
This news could prove to be a thorn in an otherwise glorious week for the Gunners, who managed to break their losing streak just 24 hours after bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur were eliminated from the UEFA Champions League. A big part of their drive as of late has been the work ethic of Jack Wilshere, which makes this all the more unsettling.
Wilshere has been battling through numerous injuries for years now, with many neutral fans joking that he’d never be able to have a substantial run at the top. Despite that, he seems to have bounced back, and he seems more eager than ever to help guide Arsenal back to the point where they want to be.
Plenty of options
While his spell at Bournemouth may not have been perfect it did prove that Jack can get the job done even when he’s not a part of the setup at the Emirates, which could open the door for a great deal of interest both in England and overseas.
Wenger is clearly a big fan of Wilshere’s work and seems to be 100% behind the idea of him remaining at the club, although the question remains: will the Frenchman even be in charge by the time this situation is resolved?
If Arsenal don’t wind up winning the Europa League then the season would likely be considered a huge failure, especially when you look at their current position in the Premier League. If that happens then the odds of Wenger leaving will increase, and if a new manager is brought in, the uncertainty surrounding Wilshere’s contract could continue to linger.
Should Jack Wilshere remain at Arsenal?