Arsene Wenger is once again facing the task of convincing some of his valuable players to remain at the club and one of them has spoken on that subject.
The Arsenal manager has faced severe scrutiny over the past couple of months for only managing to sign two players during the summer while letting go of the likes of Gabriel and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Wenger’s latest concern is to retain the services of players who are yet to commit their future to the club and Jack Wilhere is certainly on that list of names.
The 25-year-old has less than a year remaining on his contract at the Emirates stadium, having featured sparingly for the Gunners this season after recovering from his frequent injury woes.
And when asked about talks with Arsenal over a new deal heading into the January transfer window, WIlshere, who was in impressive form against West Ham on Wednesday, has revealed the club is still reluctant to make a move.
“No, there’s no update on the contract – we’re in the same position as we were two weeks ago. There’s not really a date in the diary,” Wilshere said.
“I’ve only read what he’s [Wenger] said in the media. I’ve just played my first game in the Premier League, I’m concentrating on staying fit and staying in this team.
“That will look after itself. When it’s the right time to talk about it, I’m sure the boss will call me and we’ll have a chat.
“There’s another game on Saturday, we’ll see what the boss does, and at the moment that’s all I’m focused on. This time of the year is probably the most important time of the season.”