Arsene Wenger has admitted that Jack Wilshere’s Arsenal future is uncertain and says he needs to talk with the midfielder.
The midfielder spent last season on loan at Bournemouth, which was brought to a premature end by a broken leg suffered in April.
Wilshere has recently returned to training with Arsenal but as his current deal expires next summer, there is speculation over his future.
Sampdoria and West Ham have both been linked and Wenger was asked whether Wilshere would be at the club next season.
“That decision is not completely made,” he said via the Telegraph.
“I want him to have a chance to play somewhere as well. We have to decide that a bit later. I wanted first him to come back, he is coming out of a fracture. It is the first week he is back in full training and we have to sit down together and see where we go from there.”
Arsenal are not short of options in midfield with Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey, Mohamed Elneny, Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin all available, but Wenger says Wilshere has the talent to force his way into the team, if he can reproduce his best consistently.
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“I gave him a start at a very young age,” he added. “He has gone through difficult times, I want him to have the career he can have and I am quite open on that. He has the talent to be regular, but he has to come back to competition in a consistent way.”
Despite his quality it would be little surprise to see Wilshere leave this summer, although currently Arsenal do appear to be struggling to offload some of their fringe players.