A few seasons ago, some Arsenal fans may have started fidgeting when news of City and United’s interest in Jack Wilshere starts surfacing in the media and online. However, a lot has since changed as the Gunners have turned the corner, and are now masters of their own destiny as the North London club does not have to sell a player in order to remain competitive. Arsenal are no longer a “Selling” club as most people used to call them.
According the highly respectable Jeremy Wilson of the Telegraph Newspaper, the Gunners are not bothered about Manchester City’s interest in one of their star midfielders, Jack Wilshere. According to the Telegraph, the Gunners will not be stampeded into bringing forward their planned contract talks with the England international just because City are planning a huge bid for the player.
While Arsenal are set to resist or refuse any offer from City for Wilshere this summer, the club is also prepared to wait until next season before any contract talk with the player will be opened. Wilshere, who currently earns £100,000 per week, is pushing for a similar pay package for his teammate, Per Mertesacker, who pockets £110,000 per week.
With three years left on his contract, Arsenal are definitely on the driving seat as far as the player’s contract is concerned; but you never know with some players when it comes to loyalty. The Gunners are counting on the fact that there is no urgent need to sell, and the player’s highly publicised loyalty towards both club and fans.