Report: Arsenal take drastic measures to fend off Manchester City interest in Jack Wilshere

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

Arsenal are to offer Jack Wilshere a new five-year, double salary contract in order to fend off interest from Premier League rivals Manchester City, the Mirror reports.

The Citizens have been linked with Wilshere since March and fresh reports in the Daily Star claim the midfielder is torn over his future amid talk of a £40 million bid from Manchester City.

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.

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