Jack Wilshere says he hasn’t given up hope of persuading Theo Walcott to sign a new deal at Arsenal although the England midfielder admits the future of his teammate is not in his hands.
Having committed his future to the club alongside Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kieran Gibbs and Carl Jenkinson, Wilshere is hoping that Arsene Wenger’s new emphasis on young British talent will prove alluring during negotiations.
“I think Theo looked at that,” Wilshere told The Sun after the victory over Wigan.
“We’re all great friends, the British boys. We all go out together, have meals together and we all sit together when we’re on the road.
“Everybody at the club wants Theo to re-sign. I’m always winding him up, saying ‘C’mon Theo, sign’.
“But that is something he has got to sort out. It is up to him and the club to reach an agreement and I hope they do.
“Theo’s been great for us and he knows what he means to us and the fans. Five of us British boys have just signed so hopefully he can be the sixth and cap it off.”
Speaking about his own new deal, which was signed with a minimum of fuss recently, Wilshere stressed how easy it was to sign on the dotted line with his local club.
“It was nice to sign a new contract. It’s a great club. It’s like home, my friends and family are down the road. I’ve shown commitment to the club and they’ve shown commitment to me. We have a good thing going on.”
In other news Denilson (remember him?) claims he’s not yet sure what his future holds. The Brazilian international, who has been on loan with former club Sao Paulo for what seems like an age, is somehow still under contract at the Emirates but will no doubt be looking for a new club when he returns from his homeland at the end of June.
“I will see out my contract [with Sao Paulo] which ends on June 30 2013,” Denilson told Globo Esporte.” But I don’t know what will happen after that.
“I hope my situation is solved quickly so I have nothing to worry about and so I can remain calm for the rest of the season.”
Judging by how quickly Denilson does anything on a football pitch we suspect he may be in line for his pension by the time he finds a new club. Or not. Whatever.