Jack Wilshere heading towards Arsenal exit?

Arsenal could reportedly lose the services of Jack Wilshere next month with the England international understood to have turned down a fresh three-year contract at the club.

The 26-year-old has been in a contract standoff with the Gunners over the past few months owing to the salary package on the table and it now appears that he could end his decade-long stay with the first-team.

According to The Express, West Ham United have emerged as potential contenders for Wilshere, who has snubbed the prospect of extending his stay at the Emirates Stadium.

Over the years, Wilshere has tended to have numerous long-term injury concerns which have hampered his development and this has, in turn, reduced his gametime with the Gunners.

As such, the hierarchy are reluctant to offer him a fresh contract on his current £110,000-a-week wages and the need to take pay-cut does not appear to have gone well with the midfielder.

Wilshere’s tenacity and passion for the game has often been lauded by the Gunners’ faithful but any neutral supporter would admit that his performances dropped during the backend of last season.

The Englishman managed just two goals and five assists in return for his 38 appearances last term and he could do with a fresh challenge where he has the freedom to play higher up the field.

Wilshere, who has been with the Gunners since the age of nine, is scheduled to have a personal meeting with new boss Unai Emery this month and the Spaniard may yet convince the midfielder to stay put at the north London outfit.

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