Before Christmas, the 25-year-old openly spoke of his frustration at talks not beginning. With his contract up in the summer, concerns were raised that the Gunners might lose the talented midfielder as well as Mesut Özil, 29, and Alexis Sanchez, 28, on a free transfer.
Wilshere made no secret of his desire to stay at the Emirates. This morning, Wenger told reporters at his pre-match press conference that the club were prepared to make him an offer he couldn’t refuse.
Following Aaron Ramsey’s spell on the sidelines, Wilshere began four Premier League matches and proved to Wenger that he has lost none of the magic which made him a highly-rated youngster.
Nine years on from his full debut, the hope is that the England international has put the worst of his injuries behind him. Gareth Southgate certainly hopes so and is set to welcome Wilshere back into the England fold during the next round of friendlies.
Crystal Palace, Arsenal’s next opponents, and West Ham United were both monitoring his situation having been disappointed when he preferred to join Bournemouth on loan ahead of both last season.
Their frustration is likely to mount when Wilshere signs a new deal.