Arsenal boss updates on Jack Wilshere's future
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Jack Wilshere's future should be resolved ahead of this summer's World Cup finals in Russia.
The England international has just two months left on his existing deal and his reluctance to accept pay-cut has hampered his chances of earning an extension.
Speaking ahead of the West Ham game, Wenger revealed that Wilshere is expected to make the final decision over his club future, but a conclusion is likely to be reached before the World Cup.
"He has the freedom to make that decision," he is quoted as saying by The Mirror. "He knows I want him to stay. He is focused on winning the next game all the time and will make his decision a bit later. I think he will make a decision before the end of the season. He will not want to go to the World Cup and have not settled his situation."
Wilshere earned his first England call-up in over 18 months during the previous international break but he had to pull out of the squad with a minor knee problem.
The 26-year-old has since struggled to put in consistent performances in the Gunners shirt but he remains a strong contender to make the Three Lions' squad for the World Cup.
Wilshere could return to Premier League action for the Gunners this weekend when they entertain West Ham United. The club are presently sixth in the standings but they could be leapfrogged by Burnley prior to Sunday's game.