According to The Mirror, it’s looking increasingly likely that Jack Wilshere will leave Arsenal on a free when his current deal ends in 13 days.
The 26-year-old has been offered an incentive-heavy extension by the club hierarchy, however, it’s suggested that new boss Unai Emery, despite wanting the player to stay, has refused to guarantee him a starting place. Quite why any incoming manager would guarantee a starting place to anyone in his squad is beyond us. It sounds like a throwaway line, but there we go.
Wilshere has repeatedly said he’d be keen to stay at Arsenal but, ultimately, he has to think what’s best for his career and whether he’ll get enough football at the Emirates.
The Gunners have extended the contracts of Mesut Ozil, Mohamed Elneny, Granit Xhaka and Ainsley Maitland-Niles in the last four months, which, coupled with the acquisition of Henrikh Mkhitaryan makes for a competitive midfield. The club is also trying to tie down Aaron Ramsey to a new deal and it looks as though Sampdoria’s Lucas Torreira will be signed sooner rather than later.
Crystal Palace, West Ham United, Everton, Juventus and AC Milan have all been tipped to lure Wilshere away. There’s even talk that newly promoted Wolves could make a move, so, unsurprisingly, he’s not short of suitors.
It’s hard to tell which of the above is leading the chase, although Palace boss Hodgson, the last England manager to give the midfielder a cap, is known to be a fan. It would certainly be sad to see Jack go.