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Jack Wilshere has agreed in principle the terms of a new £31.5million Arsenal contract, Football Insider sources understand.

The injury-plagued midfielder has indicated to the club he will commit to a deal that will lift his salary to £110,000-a-week and run until 2021.

Wilshere’s current £90,000-a-week agreement has two-and-a-half years left but the Londoners do not want to risk a situation where he could be antagonised into pushing for a transfer.

Talks have been taking place since last summer about an extension and all parties are now confident that an agreement is in place.

It comes after Arsenal announced that left-back Nacho Monreal has agreed a new three-and-a-half-year £80,000-a-week contract.

Manager Arsene Wenger retains full faith in Wilshere despite some off-field controversies and the series of serious injuries that have stalled his progress since his breakthrough 2010-11 campaign.

The Gunners talisman is closing in on a return from the fractured left fibula that has kept him out for the entire season, with Wenger hopeful he can play again before the end of February.

Keeping faith: Arsene Wenger is keen to tie Wilshere down to an extended deal

Keeping faith: Arsene Wenger is keen to tie Wilshere down to an extended deal

As revealed by Football Insider, Arsenal have offered the England international a lucrative package that would lift him into the second bracket of earners at Emirates Stadium, behind best-paid duo Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez but alongside Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott, who signed a new four-year contract last summer.

Ozil is hoping to secure a £180,000-a-week deal that will elevate his salary by £50,000-a-week and make him the highest-paid player in Arsenal history.

Wilshere was a target of Manchester United and their neighbours Manchester City last summer but Arsenal have no intention of cashing in on their academy graduate and will continue to reject any bids for him.

  • silentstan

    i think this is nnesnse. he needs to prove abilities retained and fitness

  • David Foxx II

    I can’t imagine this happening in any other industry. If I took 6 months off every year ‘sick’ I would be canned, let alone given a pay hike, no matter what my ailment. Make me think of some of the millionaires football has created who barely kicked a ball. Hargreaves, Dyer, Woodgate, Owen, DIABY, etc.. After the’r initial rise, these guys were constantly injured yet teams continued to sign them and pay them millions of pounds a year. Madness.

  • walter

    We can get 2 quality fit players and pay the 55K pounds each………. this shows how poorly run Arsenal is as a club…….We should cut our losses on this boy and sell to the highest bidder. Im sure the likes of City and MANU will play anything above 40million pounds for Wilshere…which will be a very good deal for Arsenal. Rewarding a perennial crock with a hefty salary increase in totally unacceptable…….Fans are not paying exorbitant ticket prices for these kind of deals

    • alanbstardmp

      yes sell Wiltshire

  • Philip

    Are they f****ing mad, stupid, incompetent. This is Diaby mark 2. At least wait until he has gone 20 games without another 6 – 12 months lay off. Buy someone that can play every week. Wilshire is very sadly, because he is a very good player when fit, never going to play more than a handful of games. I cannot belive AFc learn from their mistakes but then we all know AW is too arrogant to be told anything.