Wenger rules out Arsenal selling Jack Wilshere amid reported Manchester City interest

Jack Wilshere

Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere has been linked with a move to Manchester City.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has told reporters that midfielder Jack Wilshere is very much a part of the club’s future despite links to Manchester City, the Daily Star reports.

The England international came through the Gunners’ academy and rose to prominence as an exceptional young midfielder very much in the mould of former Manchester United star Paul Scholes.

However, a run of long-term injuries have halted his progression in North London and his future at the club has been placed in doubt amid speculation of interest from Premier League rivals City.

The Citizens need to undergo a squad overhaul this summer and boss Manuel Pellegrini recently admitted that there will be an impetus on signing English talent.

Nevertheless, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has ruled out such a move by telling reporters ahead of his side’s clash with Hull City that Wilshere is very much part of the long-term Arsenal project.

"Jack is an Arsenal player and the success of this club in future years will ­depend on how well the young ­players educated here do. He is very much a part of that ­future,” Wenger explained.

Does Wilshere have a long-term future at Arsenal?

The 23-year-old has featured sparingly this season, making just seven Premier League starts, with his last appearance coming in the 2-1 defeat at home to Manchester United in late November.

In his absence, the Gunners have performed brilliantly with midfield trio Francis Coquelin, Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla all playing major roles in the club’s brilliant form throughout 2015.

As such, questions have to be asked about whether Wilshere would even become a first-team regular when fully fit. After all, Arsenal have hardly suffered in his absence.

That said, he is Arsenal through and through and having come through the youth ranks at the club, it would only be right for him to remain a part in the future even if he’s not a guaranteed starter.

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