Jack Wilshere is set to walk away from Arsenal on a free transfer this summer. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger confirmed that the club will not be offering the England international an improved deal.
The 26-year-old midfielder made it clear at the weekend that the two sides were “no closer” to reaching agreement. Speaking after the 3 – 0 win over Watford, Wilshere made it clear that he is not prepared to accept the pay-cut being proposed by the club.
His well-documented problems with injuries down the years caused Arsenal to offer a reduction on his £90,000 per week salary with increased incentives surrounding appearances and success.
Having seen a failing manager receive a 20% pay increase, as well as Mesut Ozil’s salary rocketing from £140,000 per week to £300,0000 per week, Wilshere is in no mood to see his base salary cut.
It leaves Arsenal facing losing the talented midfielder on a free transfer unless agreement can be reached.
At his press conference ahead of tomorrow’s Europa League clash with AC Milan, Football.London reports that Wenger sees no sign of Wilshere staying at the Emirates.
“Nothing has changed,” Wenger informed the media when asked whether the club was set to improve its’ offer. “We make a proposal to him, I want him to stay and my desire is to see him linked to the club for the future. I hope he will do it.”
Whether that will change with Everton reportedly interested in signing Wilshere remains to be seen. With major surgery required on the squad, many Arsenal fans believe retaining the midfielder is a better use of funds than being forced to compromise in the transfer market.