By Will Butcher
Jack Wilshere has revealed that he is hoping his performances with Bournemouth will help him earn a new contract with parent club Arsenal.
The 24-year-old midfielder has looked to banish his injury demons while on loan with Eddie Howe’s Cherries, and has made 11 Premier League appearances since his deadline-day move.
Speaking to Sky Sports’ Geoff Shreeves, Wilshere declared that he wants to put himself in a place where Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will offer him a new contract.
“I read what the boss at Arsenal said,” Wilshere said. “At the moment I’m focused on performing for Bournemouth and putting myself in a position where Arsenal want to offer me a new contract and I’m in a strong position at the end of the season.
“At the moment, I’m taking each game as it comes, working hard and I’m looking forward to the next six or seven months here at Bournemouth. We’ll see what happens after that.”
Wilshere has become a mainstay of Eddie Howe’s side as the Cherries continue to strengthen their position as a Premier League side.
Currently sitting in 12th position, Wilshere has played an integral part in his new side’s form that has included wins against the likes of Stoke, Everton and Hull City.
With a return to the England squad also coming in the last month under new boss Gareth Southgate, Wilshere is beginning to prove that he is able to remain injury free for a sustained period of time.
Football Insider verdict:
Arsene Wenger should be patient before offering a new contact to Wilshere. There is no doubting Wilshere’s fantastic talent, that can see him drive forward with the ball from midfield, as well as finding the back of the net on occasion. But Wilshere has only played 11 games for his new team and although he has remained injury free and things are looking optimistic from that perspective, Wilshere has to prove he can get through the rigours of an entire season unscathed. Wenger can afford to wait until nearer the end of the season to offer him a new contract. The Gunners have plenty of options in midfield as Mohamed Elneny continues his rise to prominence, while Wilshere still has a contract until the summer of 2018.
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