Jack Wilshere Admits Arsene Wenger Exit Has Affected Contract Talks

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has said that he has yet to reach any sort of agreement with the Gunners over a new contract. The 26-year-old has less than two months left on his current deal with the club and talks are still ongoing with the Englishman more concerned about Arsene Wenger’s exit in the summer.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Wilshere admitted that there has yet to be progress in contract negotiations and he is concerned about the change of management which may affect his gametime in the long run, he said: “We are still in the same position really. Not much has changed. We are still talking. Obviously, the boss has left which has changed things a little bit because I don't know who is going to be the manager next year and that can change things. But we are still talking and I am hopeful and the club is hopeful we can get something done. To be honest with you, I haven't really thought about [moving to another club.”

Wilshere has been with the Gunners since the age of nine and he has gone onto to progress through the academy to make himself a first-team regular. The England international has sustained numerous injuries over the course of his professional career but he has shown an improvement in his fitness during the current campaign.

Despite this, the Gunners’ hierarchy are not prepared to offer him a bumper contract and they had most-recently offered him a £90,000-a-week deal which he opted to reject. Fresh reports suggest that the board will come up with a renewed package of around £100,000-a-week, but time is running out to sort the midfielder’s future. Wenger has previously suggested that Wilshere’s future should be resolved one way or the other prior to this summer’s World Cup.