Wenger adamant he will not sell Wilshere to City
Published 25/06/2015 | 02:30
Arsenal intend to turn down any offers from Manchester City for Jack Wilshere following his strong finish to the season, but talks over a new contract will wait until into next season.
Wilshere still has three years remaining on his deal but, amid interest from City, has talked over recent weeks of a desire "to be wanted" by Arsenal.
The 23-year-old was only a substitute in the FA Cup final and struggled to break back into the first team after returning from the ankle injury that derailed his season.
Arsene Wenger, though, was impressed by Wilshere's form when he did play, especially in the final England matches of the season that included his two goals against Slovenia.
Wenger is adamant that the club must only strengthen this summer and that none of his key young players will be sold.
Chelsea were interested in including Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as part of the deal for Petr Cech but this suggestion was immediately rejected by Arsenal, who also soon hope to reach agreement with Theo Walcott over extending a contract that expires next summer.
The length of Wilshere's deal means that talks over his future will take place in the next year but not this summer.
Wilshere clearly now needs a period of regular uninterrupted football and knows that he will face fierce competition for his place.
Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla ended last season as Wenger's preferred central midfield pair, with Mesut Ozil playing behind the main striker, leaving Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey competing to start on the right.
Wilshere has shown for England that he can be effective in a more defensive midfield role but Wenger believes that he is at his best when breaking forward.
Wenger is also still deciding whether to add another holding midfielder this summer.
If he still does not want to trial Wilshere in that role, his remaining back-up to Coquelin is Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini.
Cech's arrival is expected to be formally confirmed either at the end of this week or early next, with Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina now increasingly likely to leave, to get regular first-team football.
A £3.9m move to Fenerbahce is being negotiated for after he returns from the Copa America.
Real Madrid are interested in centre-back Laurent Koscielny but he signed a new contract last year to stay at Arsenal until 2018.
Meanwhile, Romania U-16 captain Vlad Dragomir was signed as a first-year scholar yesterday by Arsenal from ACS Poli Timisoara for €100,000. (© Daily Telegraph, London)