Arsenal are set to offer midfielder, Jack Wilshere a contract extension that will keep him at the club beyond the expiration of his current contract in 2018. Manager, Arsene Wenger is keeping faith with his midfield maestro despite the fact that the player has not kicked a ball for the Gunners this season. In fact, the England international has made just 57 appearances for Arsenal in the last two and half seasons.
After a promising and impressive run of form that saw him rack up 28 caps for England by the time he turned 24 years old, Wilshere has endured a spate of injuries that has kept him out of action for quite a while. The latest of his injuries (a fractured fibula) came in training on the eve of the Community Shield game against Chelsea.
He underwent surgery in mid-September due to a slow healing process and was expected back during the Christmas period. However, his recovery timeline now looks erratic as reports suggest he’ll have to wait until at least February (barring further setbacks) to feature again in a match. Arsene Wenger confirmed that rehabilitation was “going slowly” and the player is yet to return to training.
In spite of this, Wenger is quite full of sympathy, optimism, and support for the 23-year-old midfielder. The manager backed Wilshere to stay on for ‘special’ reasons. According to the manager,
‘He has two years left [on his contract] and I want Jack to stay here… When you love football and at his age, when you wake up in the morning and you can’t practice that’s terrible. I always think, ‘Okay, it’s true that he hasn’t played many games in recent years’. I hope at some stage that will stop because he is young and I hope I’m right… He is a special case because he is a special talent and he comes out of the club. And he is an England international and I hope his injuries will stop at some stage.’
Wenger is confident that Wilshere will find his feet again once he is fully fit. “They need support and I try to give it to him. But he is strong and he is dealing with that. He started at 17 and played every single game and suddenly it stopped. So I believe that can make you stronger”.