Jack Wilshere is yet to make a single appearance for Arsenal this season, but has still been handed a bumper new contract to keep any potential suitors away, as reported by the Daily Star.
The England international is once again struggling for fitness, and we’ve been without him since he injured himself in training ahead of the Community Shield at the start of the campaign.
He clearly still has Arsene Wenger’s faith though, and whenever he’s fit he gets handed regular first team football. The 24-year-old is yet to realise his massive potential, but we’re all still hopeful he will get over his injury issues and become the player he was destined to be. He’s still young and has a large chunk of his career ahead of him, so there’s plenty of time for him to achieve great, great things.
We have to make sure we keep him at the club though, and if reports are to be believed, there’s plenty of interest in the academy graduate. The Daily Star claims Gary Neville was keen to bring him over to Spain with his new side Valencia, but Arsene Wenger refused to sell and has offered Wilshere a new deal in order to keep him at the club long-term.
The Daily Star’s report suggests his former £90,000 per week deal has been replaced by a whopping £110,000 per week five year contract, with the deal worth £31.5m in total.
As much as we all love Jack, £110,000 per week does seem a little steep for a player who has barely featured over the last few seasons. He’s struggled terribly with his glass ankles, and has consequently failed to build on his success as a youngster. As a true Gooner, we all want Wilshere to stay at the club and potentially end his career here if possible. But improved deals should be reserved for improved players, so is it right to be paying an extra £20,000 per week to a player who has more often than not been on the doctor’s table in recent seasons?
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He obviously has a special place in our hearts – and obviously in Arsene Wenger’s too – so we certainly aren’t going to begrudge him his new deal, but when you compare him to other players on similar salaries, has he really reached the same point in his career?