With Arsenal threatening to renew Wilshere’s contract at reduced wages, he could be looking to jump ship. Liverpool are said to be chomping at the bit to sign Wilshere later this year.
26-year-old Jack Wilshere looks like he’s safe at Arsenal for the time being, but there’s a catch: bosses apparently are willing to keep the midfielder on board on the condition that he takes a cut to his £90,000-a-week salary.
For a midfielder of Wilshere’s promising talents, this is bound to come as something of a slap in the face.
The club management feels that a pay cut would be in order to offset the problematic history of injuries that have beset the England national player, many of them sustained while on loan to Bournemouth for the 2016-17 season.
It’s understood that Liverpool are very keen to get Wilshere to play at Anfield on a free transfer matching his current pay with the Gunners. His creativity and initiative in midfield could be the perfect replacement for Emre Can, looking to play elsewhere when his contract expires at the end of the season.
Wilshere could help create a formidable centre with Naby Keita coming to the club in July. Liverpool’s fortunes are on the rise at the moment, and Jurgen Klopp’s judgement on the matter will carry plenty of sway with management.
Wilshere would be following in the footsteps of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who left Arsenal for Liverpool last summer in a £35 million transfer deal.
Nothing is set in stone, however. Any decision to leave Arsenal won’t be made lightly by Jack Wilshere. He remains the club’s youngest ever league debutant at the tender age of 16 and has amassed a great deal of football betting odds over the years amongst Gunners fans.
He’s got a resume marked by big moments of iconic brilliance amongst his consistent displays of dogged hard work underpinned by real sporting intelligence.
His fortunes have been on the up recently as well: he managed to start and play for the full 90 minutes in Arsenal’s nil-nil draw with West Ham United last December, and this year he scored his first Premier League goal against Chelsea on 3 January in a 2-2 draw.
This, combined with the weight Klopp’s interest will carry, could well make the bosses at the Emirates Stadium re-evaluate their opinion of a local boy who’s given more than a decade to the club.
With Wilshere’s stock on the rise, Arsenal could be in danger of squandering Wilshere if they let him go for the season. He’s certain to be raising his already formidable game in anticipation of being selected for the England squad come this year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Knowing his high temper and dedication to the game, there’s every possibility that Wilshere could take Arsenal’s diminishing estimation of his talents as a challenge to step his game up even further.
However, the ghost of his injury record still looms long over his performance record, so it seems like this is a situation that could go in any direction.