Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Jack Wilshere will be offered a new Arsenal contract before next summer.
Wenger revealed he hasn’t spoken to Wilshere since he left Arsenal for Bournemouth on deadline day, but at his Friday press conference he said that the England man will be offered fresh terms.
When asked if the 24-year-old would get a new contract, Wenger replied: “Of course. Ideally [it will be addressed before next summer].
“We have to plan around the new year.”
The injury-plagued England midfielder made the decision to leave The Emirates in favour of spending the season on loan at Bournemouth. And Wilshere has impressed on the south coast but will miss the reunion with his parent club on Sunday as he’s ineligible.
And Wenger has revealed that while he is tracking the player’s progress, he hasn’t spoken to him since he left.
“I leave him to talk to his manager,” added Wenger. “When I can watch him, I do watch him.
“I’m happy that Wilshere develops well, in the end it was a good decision. He gets regular football, getting stronger every week.
“When a player like Jack is in top form, you miss him. I am happy that he is developing well.”
Wilshere will watch from the stands on Sunday, but he has confessed he will be cheering on the visitors, despite being a boyhood Arsenal fan after joining the academy at nine years old.
Asked who he wanted to win, he told the Daily Express: “At the minute I’m a Bournemouth player so I want Bournemouth to win.”
Wenger replied: “It is normal [for him to want Bournemouth to win]. You cannot say you want your own team to lose.”
While Wilshere was concerned about the number of midfielders in front of him in the pecking order, Wenger has been having to make do without the influential Santi Cazorla.
The Spain international injured his Achilles in the 6-0 win over Ludogorets last month and there is still no date set on his return.
“He’s important to our technical stability in the team, to the quality of our decision making and to our build-up from deep midfield to the high midfield,” Wenger said of Cazorla.
“That’s an important stage because it gets the ball out from the defenders. We have enough quality players in our side to get around that, even if Santi is a massive player for us.”
With Cazorla sidelined, Wenger has played Francis Coquelin with Granit Xhaka, Mohamed Elneny and Aaron Ramsey in the last three games.
Some Arsenal fans have been perplexed by the lack of opportunities handed to Xhaka, who signed for over £30million in the summer.
The 24-year-old Switzerland international has started just five Premier League games but Wenger insists he is pleased with the progression of the former Borussia Monchengladbach man.
“I’m very happy with his commitment,” he said.
“I think he’s developing well. He hasn’t maybe started enough since the start of the season but he is adapting to a different league, a different way of playing.
“Overall I’m happy because every day he’s focused on working hard and I’m confident he’ll get his number of games.”