Monday 11 December 2017

Gunners to offer Wilshere new contract

Wilshere: Arsenal return on cards. Photo: Victoria Jones/PA Wire
Wilshere: Arsenal return on cards. Photo: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

Jeremy Wilson

Arsene Wenger will offer Jack Wilshere a new Arsenal contract even after his latest injury setback but has admitted that so many missed games could prevent him from fulfilling his potential.

Wilshere's season and loan spell at Bournemouth are over after scans confirmed that he suffered a hairline fracture to his left fibula against Tottenham last Saturday, but no surgery is planned and he will report back to Arsenal next week.

Wenger hopes that Wilshere will recover for a full pre-season schedule.

"This injury is nothing to do with the extension of Jack's contract," said Wenger. "We think it's a very simple fracture that doesn't need any surgery at all. We need patience."

Wenger is encouraged by how Wilshere (25) played 29 games this season before his injury. In the five previous seasons, he made just 66 league appearances.

Wilshere will also want to know where he stands at Arsenal before committing to a new contract.

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Wenger has added Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny to his central midfield during the past three transfer windows while Santi Cazorla will stay for at least another year and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been emerging in that position.

Francis Coquelin and Aaron Ramsey have also been ahead of Wilshere in Wenger's thinking.

"Jack is a great football player with a great football brain," said Wenger. "His career has been stopped by many injuries. I believe, overall, Jack had a positive season and it is purely accidental."

Arsenal play Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final on Sunday and, amid so much doubt about his own future, Wenger was also adamant that his decision on whether to stay next season would not be influenced by this one game.

"It doesn't play any part in that," he said. "My commitment is total and I am only focused on Arsenal." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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