By Joe Nelson
Arsenal will allow Jack Wilshere to go out on loan for entire season without a break clause, according to a reliable journalist.
BBC Sport correspondent David Ornstein has claimed on his personal Twitter account that the Gunners are prepared to lose Wilshere for the entirety of 2016-17 if the “right club” can be found by the transfer cut-off on Wednesday night.
Ornstein says Arsenal are not looking for a clause in the deal that would allow Wilshere to be recalled at some point during the season.
The BBC expert also reported that Arsenal “want to keep” winger Serge Gnabry, who is attracting interest from Bayern Munich and a “big offer” from the Bundesliga giants may force a late sale.
Ornstein also said there will be “no more signings” at Arsenal beyond the imminent arrivals of striker Lucas Perez and defender Shkodran Mustafi.
Much attention in the final hours of the window will focus on Wilshere.
Sky Sports claimed on their transfer centre blog on Monday night (10.27pm) that manager Arsene Wenger will sanction the exit of the club talisman on loan before Wednesday night’s transfer cut-off.
It would prove to be a sensational move given Wilshere’s status at his boyhood club Arsenal and his long-held reputation as one of Europe’s outstanding young players.
Meanwhile, reports emerged on Tuesday in Germany that Bayern Munich are close to permanently signing Gnabry, before loaning him to Werder Bremen.
Wilshere’s availability is certain to alert a host of top Premier League clubs although Arsenal are unlikely to sanction a move to a top-four rival.
The 24-year-old has an extensive injury record starting back to 2009 when he suffered the first of many serious ankle injuries.
Despite having a minor knee injury in pre-season, Wilshere has recovered to be on the substitute’s bench for each of Arsenal’s three Premier League matches this season.
He has played 37 minutes, including the last 20 of Saturday’s 3-1 win at Watford, but has slipped behind Granit Xhaka, Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin, Mohamed Elneny and Aaron Ramsey in the pecking order for central midfield places at Emirates Stadium.
With Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alex Iwobi ahead of him in the battle for the attacking midfield slots, Wilshere is now concerned about a lack of opportunities.
The former Bolton loanee has been sidelined throughout his career for 890 days, missing out on 154 matches for the Gunners.
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