Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed intentions to offer Jack Wilshere a new contract at the club in the coming months.
The 24-year-old’s future is uncertain as he enters the final 18 months of his present deal on a season-long loan at Bournemouth.
The England international is as of now on loan at Bournemouth after joining the club on transfer deadline day in the summer in an offer to get general game time added to his belt which has stopped him in the course of recent years as a result of consistent injury issues.
Wilshere will miss Sunday’s meeting between the two sides at Emirates Stadium as Premier League rules forbid loanees to play against their parent club.
It was rumoured that Wilshere could leave the club in next year after falling down the pecking order at the club behind new signing Xhaka, El Neny and Cazorla but Wenger indicated at his pre-match press conference on Friday that there are plans to tie down Wilshere to a fresh new deal.
When asked whether Arsenal will offer Wilshere a new deal, Wenger said: “Of course.
“Ideally [it will be addressed before next summer]. We have to plan around the new year.
“I am happy that he is developing well. It was a good decision for him to go to get regular football.
He is getting stronger every week and that is exactly what he needed. When a player like Jack is in top form, you miss him.”
The French manager also indicated that he has not talked with Wilshere after his Bournemouth switch but regularly checks and gets update about him from his scouts.
“I ask every week how did he play but I haven’t spoken to him,” said Wenger. “I am happy that he has had no injuries since he left us.
“I leave him to talk to his manager. When I can watch him, I do watch him.”