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Friday 23 June 2017

Wenger: Wilshere injury won't stop talks

Arsene Wenger. Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Arsene Wenger. Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Arsene Wenger insists Jack Wilshere's latest injury setback will not stop Arsenal from opening contract talks with the England international in the summer.

Wilshere suffered a broken leg last weekend to bring to an end a season-long loan spell at Bournemouth, a move that was aimed at giving the 25-year-old more game time.

The midfielder had appeared as a substitute in two of Arsenal's opening three Premier League games before discussions with Wenger led to him leaving on a temporary deal.

Wilshere has struggled with injuries over the past three seasons, suffering a number of ankle problems, and was looking to prove that he can put together a run of games.

He went on to make 27 appearances for the Cherries before a challenge with Harry Kane saw him forced off in Bournemouth's defeat at Tottenham.

It means an end to his season but, with just over a year remaining on his deal at Arsenal, Wenger is still ready to offer the player a new contract.

"It's a very simple fracture of the fibula. We need patience. Let's hope that all goes well," he said.

"That (Wilshere's contract) is something different. This injury is nothing to do with the extension of Jack's contract.

"We haven't entered into any negotiations yet. I think with all these cases, when there's only one year to go, (it's done) during the break."

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