Wilshere growing frustrated with Arsenal contract stoush

Tonya Becker
March 17, 2018

A string of injury-hit seasons had threatened to end his global career prematurely, while his place at Arsenal was also at risk.

Gareth Southgate has said he remains fully focused on preparing England for the World Cup despite the political tensions between the United Kingdom and the tournament hosts Russian Federation.

The Hitchin-born playmaker is frustrated at how negotiations have played out and believes he has proved his fitness this season with a number of accomplished performances at the heart of midfield, playing an integral part in Arsenal's run to the quarter-finals of the Europa League. It must have been very hard for the cricket team to make individual decisions and I don't think anyone would want to have to do that. And I think I have done that now.

'I have done that and he has been true to his word.

"The reality is in the bigger matches Ashley Young gets the nod and I saw him against Liverpool, against [Mohamed] Salah, the other day [and] he was fantastic".

"It was hard, it was tough".

"Back in the summer I was watching the boys training and not knowing what I was doing, was I staying or was I leaving", he added.

"I am happy to be back in the team".

Talking to the media on Thursday after beating the Italian side 3-1 (5-1 on aggregate), Wilshere said he never gave up hope of earning a recall for the Three Lions despite last featuring for the team in 2016. The key for me is he's now playing in the games that matter for Arsenal and playing well, (showing) his technical ability, passing ability.

There is a chance the 26-year-old midfielder could move to another Premier League club on a free transfer if the matter is not resolved before the summer.

His contract is up at the end of the season and there are mixed messages coming from Wilshere and Wenger as to where negotiations now stand.

"I have had Harry available for six out of 14 games so far, so we always need a 'what-if?' scenario planning in our minds".

Gareth Southgate will hold a meeting with his England players next week to discuss the vigilance of VAR on the World Cup and to warn them against diving to win penalties.

'I have been lucky enough to do it a few times.

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