Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has grown frustrated at how contract talks with the Gunners have stalled in recent months but there remains optimism on the side of the club that a new deal can be agreed by the end of the season.
Wilshere, who has been at Arsenal since he was nine-years-old, has featured in 30 games for the north London giants this campaign – the most he has played in four seasons.
The 26-year-old has re-established himself as a regular in the Arsenal starting line-up while he was rewarded with a call up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad on Thursday for the Three Lions upcoming friendlies with Netherlands and Italy, where he could feature for the first time since Euro 2016.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger admitted earlier in the week that “nothing had changed” with regards to Wilshere’s contract situation, with a new £90,000-a-week offer currently on the table padded out with performance enhanced bonuses worth £30,000 available dependent on how many games the midfielder plays.
“Jack will be free at the end of the season. We make a proposal. I want him to stay and be linked to the club for the future and I hope he will do it,” said Wenger.
The Hitchin-born playmaker is frustrated at how negotiations have played out and believes he has proved his fitness this season with a number of accomplished performances at the heart of midfield, playing an integral part in Arsenal’s run to the quarter-finals of the Europa League.
Everton, Juventus and AC Milan are among a number of clubs monitoring Wilshere’s contract situation closely with the former Bournemouth loanee’s contract set to expire at the end of the current campaign.
Mesut Ozil is Arsenal’s highest earner on a contract worth around £350,000-a-week while January signings Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are not far behind on £200,000-a-week and £180,000-a-week respectively.