Arsenal are set to offer midfielder Jack Wilshere a new deal that will see him commit his long-term future to the club, according to The Sun.
The midfielder is spending the season on loan at Bournemouth in a bid to prove his form and fitness after two injury-ravaged seasons but is still wanted by the Gunners.
Wilshere has so far been a huge hit for Eddie Howe’s team, passing a huge personal landmark by playing a full 90 minutes for the first time in almost two years back in October in the draw with Tottenham.
The 25-year-old also seems to be nearing his best form, which has seen him rewarded with a return to the England squad, having been called up for November’s World Cup qualifier against Scotland and friendly with Spain.
Arsenal are now keen to tie up Wilshere’s future with the midfielder now in the last 18 months of his current deal.
Certainly Arsenal could do with Wilshere now with injuries decimating their midfield. Santi Cazorla is out for the long-term while Francis Coquelin has also been ruled out for several weeks recently.
In addition Mohamed Elneny is on international duty with Egypt at the Africa Cup of Nations for the rest of January which leaves Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka as Arsenal’s only fit central midfielders at present.
Should either player suffer injury or suspension then the Gunners will be really struggling and Arsene Wenger may be forced to improvise in a crucial part of the season.
It was recently revealed that Wilshere cannot be recalled from his loan spell with Bournemouth which now looks an oversight, particularly in light of Chelsea’s decision to recall Nathan Ake.
Arsenal could certainly do with Wilshere and now seem determined to keep hold of their man, which may disappoint Bournemouth, Manchester City and Everton who have all been linked with a move for the Gunner in recent weeks.
While Wilshere has spoken little of his future, it would surely be a huge wrench for him to leave Arsenal, having joined the club’s academy as a nine-year-old.
There may also be further chances for first-team football at Arsenal next season. Cazorla’s future at the club is uncertain, his current deal expires at the end of the season and his recent injury record suggests it is far from definite the club will offer him a new deal.
Wilshere’s return therefore could be perfectly timed with the club hoping he has put his injury nightmares behind him and can now go on to finally realise his doubted potential at Arsenal.