Arsene Wenger confident Jack Wilshere will stay at Arsenal next season


With Manchester City ready to pay big bucks for Jack Wilshere, his manager is confident that he will stay at Arsenal next season.

Reports state City are willing to pay the midfielder over $200,000 a week for his services, a big raise from his current wages at Arsenal.

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But Arsene Wenger has said Wilshere is in the plans for Arsenal’s future, as he is a veteran in the squad despite only being 23 years of age.

Wilshere became Arsenal’s youngest player when he made his debut at 16 in 2008, but his career has been riddled with injuries. He missed the entire 2011-12 season after having surgery on his left ankle, and has missed most of this season after surgery on his right ankle.

Still thought of as one of the best young midfielders in England, Wenger believes it will take time for him to regain his form, saying “He needs one or two years without problems to get the full confidence and belief back.”

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It’s clear Wenger plans on keeping Wilshere if he says the player may need a year or two to regain his form, but for a certain price Arsenal would surely have to consider other options.

The Gunners have played well without Wilshere, with Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla holding down the center of the pitch. Arsenal currently sit third on the table, but have two matches in hand on Manchester City, who hold a three point advantage. They also have made it to the final of the FA Cup, where they will face Aston Villa for a chance to win some hardware.