The England international came through the youth ranks with the Gunners, but heavy competition for places at the Emirates means he may no longer be guaranteed a regular first-team spot.
With City’s alleged interest in the air, the Gunners are said to be taking no risks and are apparently set to make a desperate bid to tie Wilshere down in the form of a lucrative new five-year contract.
“Arsenal will head off Manchester City’s interest in Jack Wilshere by offering him a new five-year, double-your-money contract. Wilshere still has three years of his current deal to run, but Arsenal are ready to take his wages into the £100,000-a-week bracket to ensure he stays at the Emirates,” the report in The Sun states.
Should Arsenal break the bank to keep Jack Wilshere at the Emirates?
The 23-year-old star has an abundance of ability, and his recent two-goal haul for England in their win over Slovenia proved that Wilshere still presents a wonderful attacking option from deep.
However, Arsene Wenger has plenty of midfield options and during Wilshere’s long-term absence through injury the team’s form and shape improved dramatically.
Fellow midfielder Santi Cazorla is a much better weapon as a deep-lying playmaker, whereas Wales international Aaron Ramsey is keen on a return to the middle. So where does that leave Wilshere?
City’s interest arguably stems from his late struggles to break into the first-team XI, but will a new top-bracket contract force boss Arsene Wenger to then select him more regularly?
There doesn’t seem a likely scenario where everybody wins, though it appears the Gunners are willing to take the necessary steps regardless to prevent losing a top player and a potential title challenger.