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Arsenal legend Martin Keown believes Arsenal will offer Jack Wilshere a new contract.
Wilshere’s contract expires at the end of next season and last week, reports claimed his future is in doubt because Arsenal are not planning to offer him a new contract. It was claimed that the midfielder could be allowed to leave for China as Wenger has become frustrated with his consistent long term injuries.
However, former defender Keown has labelled Wilshere ‘Special’ and believes Wenger would offer him a new contract to keep him at the Emirates beyond his current deal.
“We know Jack [Wilshere] is a special talent,” the Arsenal stalwart told The Mirror. “His injuries have marred his career. It must be tough for Arsene Wenger to watch. How many times has he broken ankles and had operations?
“His [Wilshere’s] quality isn’t in doubt, it’s his health that’s the issue. There are some big decisions to be made but I would feel he is someone Wenger would try to keep. Somebody that he will try to support. They [Arsenal] certainly will offer him a new contract.
“Whether or not the player will get quite the lucrative contract he might have got in the past, or the length of the contract, may be an issue but he will try to support him because he’s a huge fan. Jack’s come through the youth system. He will try and protect him as best he can but what the player needs is luck.
“He’s gone from playing for England to not being first team selection at Bournemouth and that will hurt him. He may well have got injured but he sat and watched a lot of football last season when he was at Bournemouth. He needs to get fit again, but we’ve said that so many times.”
Wilshere is one of the numerous Arsenal first team stars whose contract expires next summer but his situation has been complicated by the fact that he has been unable to stay fit for an entire campaign in the last three seasons.
The move to Bournemouth last August was to afford the midfielder the opportunity to build his fitness and get back to his best but a leg injury he sustained in April has now left his future in doubt.
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