Wenger: Arsenal will not sell Wilshere

The midfielder recently revealed his future at the club had not been discussed, but his manager pointed to the loyalty shown during the player’s many injuries as proof he is wanted


Arsene Wenger has dismissed talk of Arsenal selling Jack Wilshere and hinted at a possible contract extension.

The midfielder recently made his return after yet another injury setback, which has restricted the 23-year-old to just 13 Premier League appearances this season.

In his absence, Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey have shone in midfield has while Francis Coquelin established himself in the first team, with Wilshere recently admitting he is yet to discuss his future with his manager.

Wenger, though, insists he has never entertained the idea of selling Wilshere and is not about to start, pointing to the loyalty shown by the club during the England international’s many injury troubles.

“I made Jack Wilshere start at 17 years of age,” Wenger told reporters. “That means that you cannot show a bigger desire of wanting a player.

“We have always extended his contract and we have been very patient with all his injuries. At some stage I think he must feel wanted.

“We always stood by him through every difficult moment. Does that mean we want him to stay here for a longer period? Yes, as we would like to benefit from his talent now.”