Arsenal star Jack Wilshere wants assurances from Unai Emery before signing new contract
Jack Wilshere is set to meet with new Arsenal head coach Unai Emery in the next few days to thrash out his future.The 26-year-old’s preference is to stay and he had indicated a willingness to accept an improved three-year contract offer worth around £100,000 a week prior to Emery’s arrival.
However Wilshere, whose deal is up at the end of this month, now wants assurances over his role in the team and a clearer idea of Emery’s plans for next season before committing to one of the most crucial contracts of his career.
The midfielder forced his way back into contention last season after starting the campaign with former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger willing to listen to offers for a player who has suffered with multiple injuries in recent seasons.
However, he went on to make 38 appearances for the club as a central part of the run to the Europa League semi-finals and failed attempt to regain a place in the the top four.
Wilshere was a surprise omission from England’s final 23-man squad for the World Cup finals but manager Gareth Southgate’s reservations centred on doubts over his fitness and form in the second half of the season, having been forced to withdraw from an international get-together in March with a knee problem.Despite his progress with the Gunners, the club harbour similar concerns having offered a new contract heavily dependent on performance-related bonuses — including a number of League starts and time spent on the pitch in matches — and a modest basic wage, the equivalent of a reduction on his salary of around £90,000 a week.Over several months, the situation developed into a stalemate but Arsenal offered better terms with fewer performance criteria and Wilshere was leaning towards signing, partly due to a lack of options elsewhere.
Juventus have monitored Wilshere while Everton and Crystal Palace have also been linked with a move but if given the right indications by Emery at their first meeting since he took charge, he is inclined to stay.
Whether the arrival of Yacine Adli from Paris St Germain complicates the picture remains to be seen. Adli is expected to join the Gunners after turning down the offer of a professional contract from the Ligue 1 champions.
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