Arsene Wenger claims key man is set to stay as contract progress is made


Jack Wilshere’s future has been the subject of a huge amount of speculation, but manager Arsene Wenger has moved for the first time to claim that he wants to keep the player at the club – and thinks that the kids Arsenal have brought through the academy should be tied down to new deals – and wants to keep the players at the club.

It had been thought Wilshere could look at leave the Gunners because of a lack of a new deal – and indeed a lack of playing time, but since staying fit, the midfielder has played his way into the starting line up and now it seems that not only will he get his wish to stay at the club, but that his time on the field will increase as well.

Standard Sport report he said:“We’ll see.

“We had four players [against Liverpool] who have been educated at our academy. With [Ainsley Maitland-] Niles, with [Hector] Bellerin, with [Alex] Iwobi and Wilshere.

“We are certainly the only ones at the top [with so many]. Basically we went to keep these players.”

Top four

One thing Arsenal know they simply have to do this season is amass enough points to get into the top four, and after a draw with Liverpool, coming back from two goals down, the Gunners are currently a point off the top four, and know they need too do more work in order to get into the Champions League spots come the end of the season.

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They were actually leading against the Reds at one point, and it seems that they have to start games better – as both the Liverpool and Manchester United matches were slow starts for the Gunners, who then make it very difficult to get all three points because of that.