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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Arsenal have offered Jack Wilshere a new contract which he hopes the midfielder will sign, he told Bien Sports.
Wilshere’s current deal is set to expire in the summer and there are fears that the 25-year-old could leave North London in the summer for nothing.
However, the French manager has calmed nerves from the Arsenal faithful by confirming: “We have made him a proposal.”
The midfielder has been at Arsenal since 2001 having risen through the ranks in North London, which leads Wenger to believe that Wilshere’s connection to the club will make him sign a new contract.
“I can only reassure him that I want him to stay and we have made him a proposal and after that we also have to accept that Jack is at an age where he will have offers from somewhere else.
“Personally, I have put my weight in for him to stay, I push him to stay and I think he’s an Arsenal man.”
The French manager added:
“Gattuso said that he’s got the technique of a Spanish player and the character of an English player and I think that’s well judged and that’s why you want him to stay.
“As well Jack has gone through situations where he’s had long-term injuries and you hope in the next three or four years he will be injury free and you’ll see the real Jack Wilshere.
“He went to the European Championship and, basically, he didn’t play. He came on a few times but Jack Wilshere in full power, full fitness is a regular player in the England national team.”
The French manager believes that Wilshere’s longevity at Arsenal makes him an ideal candidate to be named the captain of the club.
He has also claimed that the midfielder is a leader and his position in the middle of the pitch makes him trust that Wilshere is the right man to lead the club.
“He was born at the club basically.
“He has a long history with the club, strong link with the club.
“Jack Wilshere on the pitch is a big quality.
“Apart from his technical top qualities he has personality and is in the right place on the pitch, and now with the maturity to organise around him.
“That’s why I played him central.
“I just thought the combination of history, the fact that he’s a long-term player for the club, the fact that he has experience and knowledge now, I trust now to make him captain.”