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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Wenger keen to give Wilshere a new deal

Jack Wilshere
Jack Wilshere

Arsene Wenger will offer Jack Wilshere a new deal at Arsenal after insisting the decision to allow him to leave on a season-long loan to Bournemouth remains the correct one.

The 24-year-old asked to leave on a temporary basis in the summer when it became clear he would not be a regular in Wenger's first team despite returning to fitness after missing the majority of the previous two years through injury.

Bournemouth ended up taking him to the Vitality Stadium for the season and he has flourished to the extent that he returned to the England squad for the recent double-header against Scotland and Spain.

The Cherries visit Arsenal tomorrow with Premier League rules stipulating Wilshere will not be allowed to play against his parent club, having played in the last seven games for Eddie Howe's side.

Wenger has allowed Wilshere to go about his business on the south coast but revealed the academy graduate, whose current deal expires in the summer of 2018, will be offered fresh terms after the festive period.

Asked if he wanted to extend Wilshere's stay at Arsenal, Wenger replied: "Yes, of course.

"We have to plan that around the new year. I think it was basically in the end a big decision for him to go.

"He gets regular football and now on the observations I get from our people who watch him, he's getting stronger every week.

"That's exactly what he needed - to have regular football. That has helped him a lot to develop and come back to the level he deserves to be at."

Wenger said he had not spoken to Wilshere since his temporary departure and was not worried when he heard the player was hoping for Bournemouth to run out the winners tomorrow.

"When you sign for a club you are committed to a project and you have to do well in that season," said Wenger.

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