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Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is keen to hold talks with manger Arsene Wenger about plans regarding his future and role at the Emirates.
The gaffer had in the past indicated talks about a new deal with the player’s camp were scheduled to take place before the turn of the year, but with just over a month left till the New Year, the player future still seems unresolved.
Wilshere said reports The Mirror : “We have got a month until then and me and the boss (Wenger) will probably have a conversation before then and see what happens because obviously when January comes I have only got six months left on my contract.
“We will see what happens between now and then, I will talk to the boss. We have known each other for long enough and we have a good relationship where we can be honest with each other so I’m sure we will be and then we will go from there.
“I think we will have to talk about that when it comes down to it. We spoke in the summer and he told me what I had to do. I have got as fit as I can, I have played a few games now and I’m ready to play and that is down to the boss”
“He has always been good to me in the past, we have known each other long enough to be honest with each other and I’m sure between now and January we will have that conversation.
“At the moment, I’m happy. I’ve said there’s going to have to be a conversation because time is running out on my contract. When that time comes, I’ll sit down with the boss and go from there.
“He (Southgate) has got my number and he hasn’t called me yet. If he wants to call me, my phone is always on. He didn’t put me in the squad and had that to focus on. He said in the press what he wanted me to do: get in the team and play regularly and that’s what I’m trying to do. That’s all I can do.”
Wilshere has been a mainstay in the Europa League but he is hoping that he might now get a start in the Premier League as Arsenal’s games pile up with three league games in seven days.
He made his third league appearance of the season against Burnley, coming off the bench to replace Iwobi, and he added he is very determined to take his chances to get back in the team.
Wilshere added: “I want to play in the Premier League so of course I’m frustrated but the team are playing well I feel, they did really well against Tottenham on Saturday and the players are playing well, it is a difficult team to get in to.
“I will try everything, I will work hard in training and when I get the opportunity I will play as well as I can but it is a difficult team to get in to. There are a lot of games. We have got a good squad here.
“The boss has rotated a lot in this competition and we’ll see what we do next week. We’ve got three games in six days. They are big games but we feel we can win, finishing with a big one at home [against United]. If we can get six points leading into that one, we’ll be happy”
“I’m trying to get into the Premier League team. We’ve got a Carabao Cup game as well. You never know what can happen in football. I remember when I first broke into the team, the only reason I was in the team was Diaby and Fabregas were both injured and the boss put his faith in me. Sometimes you need that lucky break and then you can fight and keep your position.
“I’ve been injured for two years, basically. So I’m fit. I’m playing, I’m happy, I’m training every day. I’m happy to be back in the team. I don’t want to force something too much and then something might happen. Listen, I want to play, of course, but I haven’t been at Arsenal, fit and feeling like I do for a good couple of years.
“I’ve said before that I want to stay here and play. I’ve been at this club for 10 years. I don’t have to say how much this club means to me, how good they have been to me. But at the same time as well, the boss has got to be honest with me and I’m sure he will.”