Arsene Wenger has hit back at reports that Jack Wilshere is set to leave Arsenal in January, claiming that he always has the midfielder’s best interests in mind (via Arsenal.com).
After years of disruption and injury problems, Jack Wilshere is finally back fully fit and playing well in an Arsenal shirt.
However, something isn’t quite right. The Englishman’s contract expires at the end of the season and he is still yet to start a Premier League match.
There was even some suggestion this week that Wilshere could leave the Emirates in January and Arsene Wenger was quizzed about the revelations in his pre-match press conference.
“At the moment, I just think about the interest of our next game,” Wenger told the press. “I don’t think long term. For him, I always considered his interest because for me he’s an Arsenal player and has been since he was a kid.
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“He’s a football man and I will always decide what is best for him, that is my first priority no matter what kind of decision I make. I have to consider the interests of Jack Wilshere and Arsenal Football Club together.
“If I think his best interest is to stay here then I will absolutely fight 100 per cent for him to stay here because he’s a guy who is top-quality and is back fit now. For me, when you have a top-quality player, you want him to be at Arsenal Football Club.”
It would be baffling for Arsenal to let Jack Wilshere leave on a free transfer now. After years of waiting for the Englishman to get fit and start showcasing his considerable talent on the pitch, now that he actually is fit there seems to be some sort of resistance to him playing.