Arsene Wenger says he’s no longer involved in Jack Wilshere’s contract negotiations but he maintains that he’s optimistic that the England international will sign a new deal at the Emirates.
There was no sign of a goodbye from Wilshere when he was substituted in Sunday’s 5-0 win over Burnley, a match that might have been his last in front of the Arsenal fans if he doesn’t agree new terms.
It’s understood that earlier in the year Wenger sanctioned a highly incentivised deal which would see the 26-year-old earn less in terms of his basic salary but with the potential to increase his overall take-home pay through appearances and achievements.
“The latest conversation I had with Jack looks positive for the club,” he said in his penultimate Premier League press conference.
“I’m not involved in the negotiations anymore. I’m still in touch with Jack and if he wants my advice I give it to him.
“I’m convinced, as always, his future is here. It was always my wish and I think it will happen, yes.”
Wenger also touched on his relationship with Wilshere, who recently described the Frenchman as a father figure to so many of the players at London Colney.
“You are here to guide the players to get to their best,” said Wenger.
“Some of the players like Jack Wilshere I have known since he was basically 15 years old. Of course, that builds a special relationship because you see them going from kids to men.
“You help them to go through some very difficult situations. Jack Wilshere has gone through being a superstar to suddenly being out for a year. At that age it’s very difficult so they need some help with that.”
The last quotes we have from Jack on the subject, he too sounded like he was coming around to the idea of staying put in N5.
“To be honest with you, I haven’t really thought about [moving somewhere else],” he told Sky Sports Soccer Saturday.
“I have said before that this is where I want to be and I have not really had much time to think about moving clubs.”