Wenger insists Wilshere still has Arsenal future

Jack Wilshere will have a new contract waiting for him at Arsenal when he returns to the club following his current loan spell at Bournemouth.

The England international was sent on loan to Eddie Howe’s side back in August, and has featured in every Premier League match since. This run will come to an end on Sunday when he travels to his parent club, in what is sure to be an emotional occasion for the midfielder despite the fact he will watch events unfurl from the sidelines.

When he made the decision to move to the Cherries, in doing so rejecting offers from top clubs in Europe, he revealed he intends to return to the Emirates Stadium next season. By that time the 24-year-old will have 12 months left on his contract with the Gunners, but Arsene Wenger has now confirmed the player will be offered an extension.

When asked if a new deal is waiting for Wilshere, Wenger replied: “Of course. I am happy that he is developing well. It was a good decision for him to go to get regular football. When a player like Jack is in top form, you miss him. If you only think about yourself then you go where you like to be. He always said he was an Arsenal man.”

The Gunners have drawn their last three games in all competitions, including Premier League stalemates with Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United. This has seen them slip to fourth in the table although they are still just three points off the leaders, and Wenger believes there is no reason for panic despite collecting just two points from six.

“I think we have a special spirit in the squad,” he said following the midweek 2-2 UEFA Champions League draw at home to Paris Saint Germain. “We are unbeaten in 18 games, and sometimes you go through a bit of a spell. It’s down to us to continue without losing a game but also transform the draws into wins. But we have no reason to panic.”

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