As reported by Evening Standard, it seems as if Jack Wilshere wants some clarity on his current situation at the Emirates before agreeing to stay at the club. The 26-year-old midfielder has been negotiating his way towards a new contract for quite some time now, and it finally seems as if we’re in the final stretch of this long-running saga which has taken up a great deal of time and effort in North London.
Wilshere has always been someone who Arsenal fans have looked to as one of their own, and rightly so. He seems to live and die by the badge, which is probably why he’s been so intent on wanting to push this deal through as opposed to looking elsewhere. Recent reports have suggested that a three-year deal worth £100,000 a week is what is currently on the table, and while that sounds like an instant ‘yes’ for most of us, you just never know what some of these players feel like they’re worth.
In this particular instance, we can sort of understand both sides of the coin. Wilshere clearly wants some clarification and assurances given how long this whole thing has been going on for, and we can empathise with that. On the opposite end of the spectrum, you could argue that if he was always this uncertain about nailing down his position, he could’ve just looked elsewhere – because god knows there are a bucketload of teams around Europe who would be interested in him.
It’s almost as if Wilshere is testing the patience of Emery, despite the fact that the Spaniard has clearly shown an interest in getting this deal done. Perhaps he’s worried about the rumoured midfielders who Arsenal are being linked with, or maybe he’s just still coming to terms with the fact that he didn’t make the England squad. Whatever the case may be, Wilshere owes it to the fans and, in equal measure, the club themselves owe it to the fans to sort this situation out as quickly as possible.
Emery’s first task at the Emirates was always going to be to steady the ship with these contract ordeals, and in the few weeks he’s been at the club, it feels like he’s doing a solid job of it. Obviously, we need to wait and see how this all plays out, but there’s cause for optimism.
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