Jack Wilshere completed 90 minutes for Arsenal against Doncaster last night, his first full game for the club since September 2014, when he played the entire 2-1 defeat to Southampton in the Capital One Cup (as it was back then).
The England international has been beset by injury problems, and is currently on his way back from a broken leg sustained while playing for Bournemouth at the end of last season.
His contract is into its final 12 months, and at his press conference this morning Arsene Wenger was asked if Wilshere would be offered new terms.
“That is down to – and I said that many times – to the fact that can remain fit or not, you know,” he said, before responding to a question as to whether or not that’s what Wilshere would want.
“I think he’s an Arsenal man, an Arsenal player,” he said. “He certainly would want to, but I don’t know.
We haven’t spoken about that because at the start of the season I thought we had to see how it evolves and what kind of influence he can have in the squad through the whole season.”
Earlier, the manager spoke about how the 25 year old is nearing a return to Premier League action after a positive performance against Doncaster on Wednesday night.
“For me he is available now to play and the decision I have to make is when to play him,” he said.
“I think this kind of game in its 90 minutes at that intensity repeated and then he will soon be back.
“You see that in his movement it is natural and after that everybody is looking at him because of course everybody expects him to come back to his best and I wish that as well.”