Gunners insist City target Wilshere is not for sale
Published 09/04/2015 | 02:30
Arsenal are ready to reject any summer bids for Jack Wilshere and are willing to prove their faith in the midfielder by stepping up negotiations over a new contract.
Wilshere is understood to be among a long list of players at whom Manchester City are looking as they plan to overhaul their ageing squad in the close season.
Arsenal, however, are determined Wilshere will not follow Samir Nasri, Bacary Sagna, Gael Clichy, Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure to City. Arsene Wenger is due to speak to the media today, when he will reiterate that Wilshere is not for sale and remains an integral member of his squad.
Even before City's interest, Arsenal were looking at the possibility of extending Wilshere's contract, which expires in 2018, to 2020. There is no pressure on the club to get a new contract signed quickly, but Wilshere would be in line to secure a pay rise to around £150,000 a week.
Despite another frustrating injury-hit season, in which his off-the-field behaviour has again been questioned, Wilshere is still rated as one of the best young talents in Europe by Wenger and Arsenal.
The 23-year-old has been out with an ankle injury since November, but is hoping to return to the squad for Saturday's league trip to Burnley after completing 90 minutes for theU-21s on Tuesday.
Wilshere said: "The one that stands out is the FA Cup semi-final (on April 18), but even before that we've got big games - we've got to go to Manchester United as well, so there's a chance to play this season,"
Arsenal, meanwhile, are among a host of top clubs watching Charlton defender Joe Gomez, who has made 17 Championship appearances this season. Gomez (17) can play at right-back, but his long-term position is seen as being in the centre of defence. (© Daily Telegraph, London)