After months of contract negotiations between Arsenal and Jack Wilshere, it appears the England midfielder is considering his future at the Emirates due to a failure to come to an agreement.
The 26-year-old has made 15 Premier League appearances this season, having overcome a leg fracture suffered in April 2017 during a loan spell with Bournemouth. He’s played in 11 of Arsenal last 12 league games but has yet to agree terms over a new deal. His contract expires in three months.
The S*n says the Arsenal academy graduate is ready to leave after a breakdown in talks over a new deal. His contract expires at the end of the season and he’s reportedly refused a 25% cut to his salary.
Arsene Wenger – £8m-a-year
Ivan Gazidis – £2.6m in 2017
Mesut Ozil – £350k-per-week
Sead Kolasinac £120k-per-week
Arsenal – £25m profit in 2017 and £137.6m in cash reserves
Can't blame Jack Wilshere for turning down a 25% salary cut given how much money #AFC spend elsewhere.
— Crippy Cooke (@CrippyCooke) March 1, 2018
Wilshere currently earns around £120k-per-week with the Gunners, the same amount as new-boy Sead Kolasinac, who hasn’t nailed a starting place since his move from Schalke last summer. Mesut Ozil was given a £200k-per-week pay rise in January, while the club reported a £25m profit in the last financial year.
Wilshere clearly feels the contract put to him is an insult given his loyalty to the club in recent years and isn’t afraid to leave if an agreement can’t be met. It would be a major blow for Arsenal to lose another talented player due to a break down over contract terms, but the two parties aren’t close to a deal.
Wenger said earlier in the week: “I want Jack to sign very quickly and I am happy to find the pen for him. Talks are progressing but the decision belongs to him and we have to respect that. Our desire has been clearly expressed and numbered and, after that, the player has to find satisfaction as well.”