Just one week after Jack Wilshere left Arsenal for Premier League minnows Bournemouth, Jack Wilshere is ready to extend his contract with the Gunners according to reports. If the report is proved to be true, this move will dispel all the myths which were stating that his future lies away from the Emirates.
According to reports, Wilshere who was linked with a move to Roma just few days ago approached Wenger for talks over a possible contract extension. The French boss replied very positively and now Wilshere is assured that his long-term future lies with the club.
Although his current contract will end next season, no formal move was made on Arsenal’s part to secure his long-term future. This tells us how low the stock of Wilshere has fallen at Arsenal in recent times.
Once dubbed as the next captain of our great club, injuries have colluded brutally against the 24-year-old. According to Physio room, the English midfielder has suffered a mammoth 26-injuries in his 7-year stay at the club. Consequently, he has made just 105 appearances for the senior side in the last 7 years which is poor for a player who earns £140,000 a week according to daily star.
While injuries have hampered his career, it was the rise of his teammates that limited the game time for him. Even when he was fit enough to play, the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla were always above him on the Arsenal team sheet.
The Englishman was handed another lifeline last season when former England manager Roy Hodgson included him in Euros squad. However, as evident by the dismal performances of the whole English team, Wilshere didn’t do enough to prevent his boss from resigning.
Moreover, with the arrival of Granit Xhaka in the summer, competition for places had become so fierce that Arsenal couldn’t guarantee the Englishman with constant first team opportunities.
Therefore, when Wilshere moved to Bournemouth on the deadline day, all the parties agreed that it was a better move for the player. Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has a reputation of developing young English players. While Wilshere might not need guidance, Bournemouth could provide him with the necessary game-time to resurrect his career.
Thus, amid news of him signing a contract extension with the Gunners, Wilshere has the opportunity to show his worth to the Gunners. His first real test in the Bournemouth shirt will come against West Brom this Saturday.
As Tony Pulis’s side is known for its defensive play, the Englishman would have to be on top of his game if the Cherries want to emerge this fixture with a win.