Wilshere ready to sign new Arsenal contract

Jack Wilshere has given under pressure manager Arsene Wenger some good news by agreeing to sign a new five-year contract with Arsenal, the Daily Mail has reported.

Wilshere’s new deal will be worth £20m over the course of the contract and is expected to be finalised imminently, taking the midfielder’s weekly wage to £80,000 per week and including a pay rises as the contract progresses. Wilshere has indicated he sees his long-term future at the Emirates Stadium, and has spoken of his desire to captain the club at some point.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is also expected to put pen to paper shortly, although the future of Theo Walcott, an England teammate of Wilshere and Oxlade-Chamberlain, remains unclear, with the forward’s contract due to expire next summer and a number of Premier League teams angling for his signature in the January transfer window.

Wilshere however pointed to the presence of the likes of Oxlade-Chamberlain and Kieran Gibbs as evidence that Arsenal, in the long-run, will have the players to challenge for trophies again, although the 20-year-old accepted that the club’s recent form has not been good enough.

In the next three or four years they can become top players and we can challenge for everything. It’s natural that you feel excited about the future. Don’t get me wrong. It’s not just going to happen. We will have to work hard. We’re not where we want to be yet,” Wilshere said.

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