Following on from earlier reports that Jack Wilshere looked set to enter negotiations for a new contract at the Emirates, BBC Sport is reporting that the 18-year-old has signed a new contract. The First Post estimates the deal to be worth around £50,000 per week.
The exact length of the new contract has not been disclosed, but Arsene Wenger told arsenal.com: “It’s such great news that Jack has committed his long-term future to the club. Jack is a fantastic footballer with a huge amount of potential, and we have all seen with his performances so far that he is a very gifted player, who could be an extremely influential player at the top level of the game.”
Wilshere himself is also delighted, telling arsenal.com: “To be offered a new contract means everything to me. At this point in my career, when I’m only 18 years old and still learning so much about the game and myself, this is the perfect club, the perfect team-mates, the perfect fans, the perfect backroom staff and most importantly, the perfect manager to help continue that.”
Szczesny: Play me or i go.
Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny reportedly has no intention of entering new contract talks himself, however – even hinting that he may leave the Gunners in order to seek the first team opportunities he feels he deserves. The young Pole has been outspoken in the past regarding the Gunners’ selection policy, and feels he deserves a time as No 1 at the Emirates.
According to Goal.com, the 20-year-old told the Daily Mail: “It’s not that I don’t want to extend the contract, I just don’t want to hold talks at this point. I have enough money to live and I can’t complain about that, but I will only be happy if I play. Everything depends on how many games I play. I admit that I want to play at Arsenal as long as they want me. If I can earn my place in goal I won’t even consider any other offers.”
Diaby wants more from fans.
Midfielder Abou Diaby has called for the club’s fans to help drive the club forward. As the Gunners seek to end their five-year trophy drought, the 24-year-old Frenchman wants the supporters to put their players under more pressure. Despite the drought, the majority of fans have not turned on manager Arsene Wenger – and it is this lack of pressure which Diaby feels is hampering their chances.
Goal.com cites that speaking to Onze Mondial Magazine: “That’s maybe what we are missing. The supporters of the club don’t put us under enormous pressure. Maybe this could be explained by the fact our record isn’t catastrophic. Sure, we haven’t won a trophy since 2005, but we’re always in the top three and because of this the club is in the Champions League every season. So there is still a consistency to our performances. But it’s imperative that we are able to take the next step to finally win trophies.”