EXCLUSIVE | By Editor
Arsenal will press ahead with tying Jack Wilshere down to a new contract despite the midfielder’s latest crushing injury blow, Football Insider sources understand.
Arsenal confirmed Football Insider’s exclusive news on Tuesday afternoon as Arsene Wenger accepts that he will be without the 23-year-old until next year.
However, the Gunners have no plans to stall contract talks with the academy graduate as he prepares to go under the knife for the second consecutive campaign. Wilshere also missed five months of last season with ankle ligament damage.
As revealed by Football Insider, Arsenal have offered the England international a £110,000-a-week contract that would lift him into the second bracket of earners at Emirates Stadium, behind Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez but alongside Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott, who recently signed a new four-year contract.
Wilshere’s camp have given indications in preliminary negotiations that the player is keen to commit to an extended deal that includes a substantial pay rise.
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Arsenal’s position has not changed despite the midfielder being hit hard by the latest serious setback to his career.
Wilshere has three years to run on his existing £90,000-a-week deal but the Londoners do not want to risk a situation where he could be antagonised into pushing for a transfer.
The England midfielder was a target of Manchester United and their neighbours Manchester City in the summer but Arsenal have no intention of cashing in on their academy graduate and will reject any bids for him.
Manager Arsene Wenger retains full faith in the Gunners talisman despite some off-field controversies and the series of serious injuries that have stalled his progress since his breakthrough 2010-11 campaign.
The Wilshere injury is another blow for Arsenal after it emerged that Danny Welbeck is expected to be out for six months after undergoing knee surgery.