The 25-year-old’s contract runs out next June but having fought back from injuries down the years, the midfielder is ready to fight for his Gunners career.
Since returning as a substitute in the 3 – 1 win over Köln, Wilshere made two impressive outings against Doncaster Rovers in the Carabao Cup and on Thursday night, he was Arsenal’s Man of the Match as they defeated BATE Borisov 4 – 2 in Barysaw.
Having spent last season on loan at AFC Bournemouth, the England international found himself back in the Emirates treatment room when an ankle injury suffered in the Cherries 0 – 4 drubbing at White Hart Lane.
The summer saw Wilshere change his profiles on social media to “professional athlete” and drop any mention of Arsenal, prompting speculation that he was to be the next star to walk away from Arsène Wenger on a free transfer.
His return to the side saw him declare that he wanted to fight for his future at the north London club and earn a new contract. It’s music to Wenger’s ears as he looks wearily upon a squad which is set to disintegrate over the next three summers.
By 2019, all first team squad members bar those signed since 2016 and Laurent Koscielny, will see their current deals expire. Wenger faces an uphill battle to convince players to stay with Mesut Özil and Alexis Sanchez due to leave in 2018.
Talks will begin shortly with Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck but Wilshere’s determination to stay may prove to be the turning point the French manager needs.