Fresh doubts over Jack Wilshere's Arsenal future

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has ordered his players to go back to basics

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has ordered his players to go back to basics

Arsenal's Jack Wilshere says that there has been no progress regarding his contract talks with the club. He earns £110,000-a-week on his current deal, but will see his wages reduced to around £90,000 if he commits, although performance-based bonuses that could take his earnings above what he pockets at the moment have been added.

Wilshere was asked if he had an update on negotiations after Thursday's 2-0 UEFA Europa League win at AC Milan and responded: "Not really, no".

"These comments last night follow Arsene Wenger suggesting last month that, apparently, all it took for Arsenal and Wilshere to agree to a contract extension was ".to find a pen somewhere" and that the decision was exclusively up to the player at this point.

Arsenal are said to have insisted on a performance-related deal due to Wilshere's injury record.

An interviewer then referred to manager Arsene Wenger's comments that the ball was in Wilshere's court, to which he replied: "Things have changed since then".

Wilshere has always been viewed as a capable midfield technician when fully fit, possessing a touch and passing range that aligns with Wenger's vision, not to mention the fact he grew up at the club. Wilshere has his faults, but at 26 years old he's been around long enough to be effective when placed exactly in the right spot with other, more physical players to shoulder the burden from him.

His deal comes to an end in June, and with the offer of fresh terms already on the table, the player has revealed that he is no closer to signing as "things have changed". "All I can tell you is that we're no closer to sorting anything out".

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