Wilshere will have to take 20k pay cut to stay at Arsenal

Sarah Winterburn
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 14: Jack Wilshere of Arsenal and Ryan Fraser of AFC Bournemouth battles for possesion during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Arsenal at Vitality Stadium on January 14, 2018 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Jack Wilshere has been offered a new contract by Arsenal but he will have to take a pay cut.

The Arsenal midfielder has been earning £110,000 a week, but has been offered ‘just’ £90,000 a week because of his poor injury record.

The deal will reportedly include various add-ons based on appearances and success, with Arsenal putting the emphasis on Wilshere actually playing football; he has not played 30-plus Premier League games since 2009/10.

Wilshere was described by Gary Neville on Monday night as “best English midfield player by a street”.

Neville said: “I worked with all of the English midfield players for four years and he could play in any single team in this country and live in that team or any single team in Europe, he is that good.

“The problem with Jack Wilshere is his fitness and his injuries and his reliability. If you had him playing every week he is a wonderful, wonderful player. He has a great attitude, he trains well and he has got fantastic ability.”