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Arsene Wenger has dropped a huge hint that Jack Wilshere could play a role for Arsenal this season.
Wilshere’s future has been the subject of debate in recent months, with reports claiming he would allowed to leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the season but Wenger has now said the midfielder could still stay at the club for many years if he proves his fitness between now and January.
Injuries are threatening to jeopardize his Arsenal future as the club isn’t willing to offer a player who can’t stay fit a new contract.
Wenger says, while Wilshere is a quality player, his injuries have been a problem and that would determine the fate of his future at the Emirates.
Wilshere struggled historically with repeated injuries,” Wenger told beIN Sports when speaking about Wilshere’s future. “Nobody would question his talent. Nobody would question his exceptional ability to beat people with the ball. But in this job you need first health.
“Today the requests and demands in the competitions are so high physically that you can only be your best physically if you can play at least 10 games on the trot.
“That is what’s at stake for Jack Wilshere. Keep health and compete and be capable to compete.
“If he can play from now until December at the top level he will be back. If there are other setbacks then it will be difficult for him.
“It’s a vital season, it’s the end of his contract, a World Cup year. He’s an Arsenal player since he’s a kid so all that is at stake for him.
“You would love a player like him, of that quality, to come back. In fact he had a very good game in BATE Borisov, a very brilliant first half when he was back to his best. So he’s not far away now. But let’s hope in the next two to three weeks he can play regularly in the first team.”
I can’t be optimistic about Wilshere staying fit until January. Every time he’s returned from injury, we’ve always hoped to see him overcome the troubles but he’s been unable to do that.
Wenger made it clear that if Wilshere can prove his fitness, Arsenal will offer him a new deal. It remains to be seen whether he’ll be able to do that. As much as I want to see him stay, I can’t get my hopes high on him staying fit.