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As reported by The Sun, Arsenal star Jack Wilshere could exit the Emirates Stadium at the end of the campaign after a breakdown in contract negotiations. The 26-year-old, who is now on £120k-per-week, has turned down a 25% salary to secure a new deal and may leave when his contract ends in the summer.
It’s a massive blow for Arsene Wenger who has spoken openly about his wish to keep Wilshere at the club. He believed 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 expressed and numbered and, after that, the player has to find satisfaction as well”. Wilshere has made 27 appearances in all competitions this season, having recovered from a leg fracture suffered in April 2017 to nail down a starting place in the Premier League.
He spent 2016/17 out on loan with Bournemouth in an effort for more playing time and is now a regular with Granit Xhaka back in Arsenal colours. The North Londoners have been short of form, however, now sitting sixth in the table, 10 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.
As for Wilshere, the Englishman has played in 11 of Arsenal’s last 12 Premier League matches. The expected deal put to him would incentivise more appearances instead of a profitable salary given his injury woes. However, the player isn’t going to sign until he gets what he feels he deserves.