Arsene Wenger says that Jack Wilshere has the talent to make it at Arsenal, but has admitted the midfielder could be allowed leave the club this summer.
The England international is just back in training following a broken leg sustained while playing for Bournemouth last season, and as yet the Arsenal manager isn’t sure what the future holds for the 25 year old.
He’s inside the final 12 months of his contract, and there have been no moves from the club to extend his contract. It all suggests that a move is on the cards, something Wenger admitted.
“That decision is not completely made,” he said. “I want him to have a chance to play somewhere as well. We have to decide that a bit later.
“I wanted first for him to come back, he is coming out of a fracture. It is the first week he is back in full training and we have to sit down together and see where we go from there.
“He has gone through difficult times, I want him to have the career he can have and I am quite open on that.”
Asked if his time was up at Arsenal, Wenger continued, “It is not passed because he has the talent to be regular, but he has to come back to competition in a consistent way.”
It is a tricky one, because while his talent is obvious but his injury problems even more so. The contract situation adds an urgency to the situation too, because if it’s decided not to offer him a new deal then he should be sold and those funds reinvested.
Let’s see what happens between now and the end of the transfer window.