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Arsenal could offer Jack Wilshere a new deal before the season ends, according to Talk Sport.
The midfielder who is into the final months of his Arsenal contract is yet to be offered a new deal to extend his stay at the Emirates beyond the current campaign.
Premier League rivals Manchester City and Chelsea are understood to be keeping tabs on his situation and are hoping to sign him up when he becomes a free agent next summer.
The 25-year-old will be free to enter into talks with interested foreign clubs from January and even sign a pre-contract agreement with any of them.
The England international was out of Arsenal’s squad at the beginning of the season but has since regained his fitness and then been able to force his way back into first team contention, although he is still not playing as regularly as he would want.
Wenger had previously stated that a decision on Wilshere’s future will not be made until December but he has refused to state whether or not he wants the midfielder to stay.
talkSPORT reports Wenger said: “I always considered his interest because for me he’s an Arsenal player and has been since he was a kid.
“He’s a football man and I will always decide what is best for him, that is my first priority no matter what kind of decision I make. I have to consider the interests of Jack Wilshere and Arsenal Football Club together.
“If I think his best interest is to stay here then I will absolutely fight 100 per cent for him to stay here because he’s a guy who is top quality and is back fit now.
“When you have a top quality player you want him to be at Arsenal Football Club.”
I am sure many Gooners will be excited if Wilshere extends his stay at the Emirates as much as he can remain fit. Not many of us want to see a player who joined us at the age of nine and has been brought up in the club culture and values leave us embarrassingly. With the midfielder set to enter the peak years of his career, a contract extension would be ideal.