By Harvey Byrne
Jack Wilshere has held talks with Arsene Wenger about signing a new three-year deal at Arsenal when he returns from his loan spell at Bournemouth, according to a report.
The Sun have claimed that the 24-year-old midfielder is keen on signing a new long-term contract with the Gunners after positive talks with the French boss.
The 34-time capped England international moved to Bournemouth on a season-long loan deal on deadline day as he sought regular first-team football.
This put his future in doubt at the north London club, with his current contract expiring at the Emirates next summer.
However, a source has told The Sun that the Gunners youth graduate wants to remain at Arsenal.
“Jack left because he wanted to get more first-team football to get his England spot back,” said an Emirates source to The Sun.
“He loves Arsenal and wants to remain at the club and the chats he has had with the club have been very positive on both sides.
“Jack is desperate to stay and prove himself to everyone what a top-class player he is. The experience with Bournemouth should serve him well.”
Wilshere moved to Arsenal’s academy at the age of nine from Luton in October 2001.
He made his debut for the Gunners in 2008 against Blackburn and broke Cesc Fabregas’ record as the youngest-ever league debutant at the age of 16 years and 256 days.
Once considered a huge part of the England national team’s future, Wilshere has struggled with injuries in recent years playing in just five matches for the Gunners in the past year.
In other Arsenal team news, Alexis Sanchez has been given the captain’s armband for Chile’s World Cup qualifier against Bolivia.