Wilshere could leave Arsenal after failed contract talks

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere

After months of contract negotiations between Arsenal and Jack Wilshere, it appears the England midfielder is considering his future at the Emirates due to a failure to come to an agreement.

The 26-year-old has made 15 Premier League appearances this season, having overcome a leg fracture suffered in April 2017 during a loan spell with Bournemouth. He’s played in 11 of Arsenal last 12 league games but has yet to agree terms over a new deal. His contract expires in three months.

The S*n says the Arsenal academy graduate is ready to leave after a breakdown in talks over a new deal. His contract expires at the end of the season and he’s reportedly refused a 25% cut to his salary.

Wilshere currently earns around £120k-per-week with the Gunners, the same amount as new-boy Sead Kolasinac, who hasn’t nailed a starting place since his move from Schalke last summer. Mesut Ozil was given a £200k-per-week pay rise in January, while the club reported a £25m profit in the last financial year.

Wilshere clearly feels the contract put to him is an insult given his loyalty to the club in recent years and isn’t afraid to leave if an agreement can’t be met. It would be a major blow for Arsenal to lose another talented player due to a break down over contract terms, but the two parties aren’t close to a deal.

Wenger said earlier in the week: “I want Jack to sign very quickly and I am happy to find the pen for him. Talks are progressing but the decision belongs to him and we have to respect that. Our desire has been clearly expressed and numbered and, after that, the player has to find satisfaction as well.”

Crippy can be found on Twitter (@CrippyCooke). He is a sports journalist who has written for the Independent, Bleacher Report, Huffington Post, Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph among others. Crippy treats football gossip with a dash of cynicism and loves tearing apart outlandish rumours.

1 Comment

  1. chris

    March 1, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    Why would Jack be worth only (say) 1/3 of what Ozil is paid ?? If I were Jack I would play my current contract out and then see what the Arsenal management has to say ?

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