Manchester City are after yet another Arsenal player, but the Gunners are set to keep their man and tie him down to a new contract, Fresh Football understands.
The player in question is Jack Wilshere. The 24-year-old was controversially named in the provisional England squad after just making 1 Premier League start this season – but Wilshere is considered a special talent by Roy Hodgson, Arsene Wenger and seemingly Pep Guardiola too.
Wilshere is set to sign a new £100,000 per-week contract at the club, perhaps controversial considering his injury record, but Manchester City’s interest highlights how highly the midfielder is thought of when fit. It is thought that Arsenal will hold off offering the new deal until after Euro 2016, to see if he comes through unscathed – although a deal in principle has been agreed.
Statistically Wilshere has huge scope for improvement, his goal and assist tally is extremely low, leading to many suggesting Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli is superior. It is clear that Wilshere has some great attributes, but like many of his teammates, he must refine his final ball. Too many times he overplays it and cannot pick the final pass, or find a clinical finish. Wilshere is a homegrown talent and Arsene Wenger and the fans are desperate for him to succeed, he needs a good European Championships and then a full season in the Arsenal midfield without serious injury. It would be fair to say that the next 12 months are crucial in Wilshere’s development.
Despite his injuries he has played over 100 senior games for Arsenal and has 28 international caps, with more likely to follow this summer.
Pep Guardiola is also interested in signing Arsenal winger Alexis Sanchez, who has just two years remaining on his current contract also. The Gunners are desperate for the Chilean to extend, but his future remains less clear. Sanchez is a huge goal threat and Arsenal cannot afford to lose him in a team that lacks natural goalscorers. Despite the uncertainty, Arsenal are still confident that he, along with Mesut Ozil and Wilshere, will commit his long-term future to the club this summer.