Wilshere: No date in the diary for contract talks

Date published: Thursday 14th December 2017 12:32

Jack Wilshere says he is not frustrated by Arsenal’s failure to proceed with contract talks, despite no discussions having yet been arranged.

The Gunners midfielder is out of contract in the summer, and after a series of injuries and a loan spell away from the Emirates, it remains unclear whether the academy graduate will be offered new terms.

Wilshere was handed his first Premier League start for Arsenal in 577 days during the 0-0 draw at West Ham, and when asked after the game about his contract situation, the 24-year-old insisted there was nothing to report.

“No, there’s no update on the contract – we’re in the same position as we were two weeks ago,” Wilshere said.

“Nothing’s changed. There’s not really a date in the diary. I’ve only read what the boss has said in the media.

“I’ve just played my first game in the Premier League. I’m concentrating on staying fit and staying in this team. That will look after itself. When it’s the right time to talk about it, I’m sure the boss will call me and we’ll have a chat.”

Asked whether he was frustrated by the club’s stance, Wilshere replied. “Erm, not really.

“Because I’ve just got my first Premier League start. I’m buzzing, I’m happy about that. That’s the next step for me – to get into this Premier League team and try to stay in this team. There’s another game on Saturday and we’ll see what the boss does. At the moment, that’s all I’m focused on.

“This time of the year is probably the most important time of the season. The games come thick and fast. That’s a good thing because we dropped points against West Ham but we’ve got a chance to get three points on Saturday. We need to recover now and get ready.”

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