Arsene Wenger says he will consider what is best for Jack Wilshere when he decides whether the midfielder should be offered a new Arsenal contract.
Wilshere is out of contract at the end of the season and the club have yet to decide whether to keep the injury-plagued academy graduate.
The 25-year-old was on loan at Bournemouth last season after a long battle with injuries but has kept fit and has been starring in Arsenal’s Europa League side so far this campaign.
He has been restricted to just three substitute appearances in the Premier League, however, and has been overlooked by England boss Gareth Southgate.
Wenger insists he will take Wilshere’s best interests into consideration when it comes to the decision over offering him a new deal or allowing him to leave in search of regular first-team action.
“I always considered his interest because for me he’s an Arsenal player and has been since he was a kid,” the 68-year-old added.
“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.”