Jack Wilshere looks set for an England recall
So while an England call up looks on the cards, the midfielder should forget any hopes of an improved contract off from Arsenal.
Based on his dealings with Gareth Southgate in recent weeks, Wenger hinted at his press conference that the England boss looks set to perform a u-turn tomorrow and included the Arsenal midfielder in his squad for the forthcoming internationals against Holland and Italy.
It will be the first international call-up since Southgate took permanent charge of the team for a player who last pulled on an England shirt against Iceland in the European Championships.
“I wish he is in the England squad and the vibes I get are positive,” Wenger said. “I believe he has a good chance to be in there, but we have to leave that to Gareth Southgate. I have enough to do with my job!”
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That, of course, is to look after Arsenal business and while regular appearances back in the Gunners’ first team seem to have swayed Southgate, Wenger’s stance over his contract situation remains resolute.
Wilshere’s current deal expires in the summer and Wenger, who has always said he wants a player who first arrived at the club as an eight-year-old to stay, appeared initially to be choosing his words carefully.
“On my side, nothing has changed,” he said initially.
Wilshere, however, remains equally entrenched in the view that when Mesut Ozil is being paid £350,000-a-week, his own offer of around £100,000-a-week is something of an insult. Everton are understood to be among the clubs following developments.
And if Wenger’s mood today was anything to go by, there are unlikely to be any. Arsenal’s proposal stands and there is little sign of a better one.
“His chances of staying? I don’t know,” the Frenchman said. “But Jack will be free at the end of the season. We make a proposal to him, I want him to stay and my desire is to see him linked to the club for the future. I hope he will do it.”