Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has hinted that Jack Wilshere will be offered a new deal in spite of his lack of playing time, explaining to reporters of the Daily Mail how the midfielder is a special case.
The England international has yet to feature this season after breaking his fibula – calf bone - and requiring surgery and rehabilitation in order to mend the damage.
It’s just one of a long list of injury problems for the midfielder, resulting in Wilshere making just 63 Premier League appearances over the past four-and-a-half seasons.
With only two years left on his current contract, a failure to return to form could prompt the club and player into a difficult situation and one they previously made with the injury-stricken Abou Diaby.
Wenger, however, remains optimistic for Wilshere and explained why he is such a special case.
“He has two years left and I want Jack to stay here. He is a special case because he is a special talent, he comes out of the club and he is an England international,” Wenger explained.
“You know I'm an optimist and I always think: ‘OK it's true that he hasn't played many games in recent years.’ I hope at some stage that will stop because he is young and I hope I'm right.”
Wilshere came through the club’s youth academy and demonstrated his massive potential upon breaking into the first-team, receiving widespread praise from pundits and observers alike.
However, his injury problems have derailed his career somewhat and even upon a return to full fitness he is no longer guaranteed a regular starting spot due to the heavy competition for places.
Francis Coquelin, Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey have all demonstrated their capabilities of playing through the middle while Calum Chambers seems the next to be moulded in that holding role.