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Arsenal set to open contract talks with soon-to-be free agent midfielder

According to reports in England today, Arsenal are ready to begin negotiations with midfielder Jack Wilshere over a contract extension.

Fitness struggles

Wilshere’s injury troubles over the course of his career have been widely covered in the media, with a string of lengthy spells on the sidelines having held the technically-gifted star back from a potentially top-class career.

Following a nightmare campaign during which he managed just 3 Premier League appearances for the Gunners in 2015/16, Wilshere was sent out on loan to Bournemouth last season.

He managed a respectable 27 league outings with the Cherries, but a hairline crack in his calfbone in April ruled the marauding midfielder out until August.

Return to form

Despite being heavily linked with a move away from the Emirates over the summer, Wilshere surprisingly remained in North London, with his early-season showings in the Carabao Cup and Europa League having been hugely encouraging.

Stellar displays against all of Doncaster Rovers, BATE Borisov and Red Star Belgrade have even seen Wilshere reintegrated into Arsenal’s Premier League squad, with the 25-year-old having set up Aaron Ramsey for his side’s 4th goal after coming off the bench versus Everton at the weekend.

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Staying put?

Conflicting reports regarding Wilshere’s future in North London have been circulating over recent weeks, with some outlets suggesting that Arsenal would be prepared to cut their losses on the English international in January, if a suitable offer were to arrive.

However, as per several outlets across the English media today, the Gunners are in fact ready to open talks with Wilshere’s representatives over extending his contract at the Emirates beyond next summer.

Jack Wilshere’s brilliant gesture following Arsenal’s victory over Everton (Video)