England international Jack Wilshere has yet to find a resolution to his Arsenal contract which is due to expire at the end of the season. The midfielder has just four months remaining on his present deal but talks over a probable extension appear to have reached an impasse.
According to The Sun, the 26-year-old is understood to be ‘miles apart’ from finalising a fresh contract with the north London club. The Gunners’ hierarchy have supposedly urged the midfielder to take a 25 per cent pay-cut on his current £120,000-a-week wages, but this is something which he is not happy about.
The Englishman is reported to have undergone a complete medical under the advice of Arsene Wenger earlier in December but the club are still said to be reluctant to reward him with a contract on his current wage structure.
Wilshere started the season as a regular in the League Cup and Europa League but a mid-season injury to Aaron Ramsey enabled him to command his maiden league start for Arsenal in nearly two years. He has since been a regular feature in the first XI under Wenger but his previous injury record appears to be hampering his prospect of negotiating a contract.
As things stand, the player’s future is likely to down the wire and the club are optimistic that they can sort out a deal prior to the summer where Wilshere could represent England at the World Cup. The midfielder has certainly impressed Gareth Southgate with his fitness this term after recently making his 20th start for the Gunners.
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