Jack Wilshere: Arsene Wenger told me I could leave Arsenal

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The Gunners now are optimistic that the 26 year old will sign a new deal at the club, but the things weren't the same in the last summer, as the club were reluctant to keep him following another injury hampered loan spell at Bournemouth.

Staying at the Emirates, Lucas Perez wants to return to the Premier League side following a poor loan spell at Deportivo La Coruna, the Independent reports.

"If you look over the past years, especially Rio (before World Cup 2014) - we were confident going into that and it didn't work out".

Wilshere has taken that opportunity to impress Wenger in cup competitions, with talks on a new deal underway, albeit with player and manager offering different interpretations on where they stand with negotiations.

"But I've always felt like it's somewhere that I belong and I want to be involved in this". And he is hoping to have a deal agreed before jetting off to Russian Federation.

Wilshere has three months left on his contract, and while he said it wouldn't be a distraction, the longer his future is unresolved, surely it will be in the back of his mind.


"Ideally, yes, I want it sorted as soon as possible".

England are expected to play a midfield three in the World Cup and against Netherlands on Friday and Italy next week places are definitely up for grabs with some many questions about so numerous players.

"Hopefully, I'll get the chance this week or next week to put the Three Lions shirt back on again".

The England international's contract at the north London club expires this summer and with both the club and player stalling over negotiations, the deadline for signing a new contract extension is looming closer by the day.

"I had the vision going forward to get back and now it's down to me to stake my claim".

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