Jack Wilshere says he is focused more on keeping Bournemouth in the Premier League than his Arsenal future.
The 25-year-old has been a regular for Eddie Howe’s side this season having joined Bournemouth on loan from Arsenal last summer.
The England midfielder’s future at Arsenal remains uncertain, despite Arsene Wenger insisting he is still a part of his plans.
But while Wilshere has previously claimed he does not know where his future lies after his season-long loan at Bournemouth expires, the midfielder has turned his attentions on keeping Howe’s side in the Premier League
Quoted in the Daily Mirror, Wilshere said:
“I want to play every minute that’s why I came here but I’ve always been a team player wherever I’ve been.
“I’m not thinking about my future. I’ve got a year left at Arsenal and as soon as the season ends I’ll sit down and I’ll think about it.
“But my main concern at the moment is trying to keep Bournemouth in this league because no matter what happens next year, if I’m here if I’m not, if I’m at Arsenal – whatever – you know no one wants a relegation next to their name.
“You don’t want to be involved in a team that got relegated so that’s what we’re doing now, trying to put Bournemouth in a good position and at the end of the season I’ll have a think about it.”
Wilshere has had several injury problems while at Arsenal and the decision to let him leave on loan last summer was purely to prove to Wenger that he is able to keep fit and play regularly.
However, the loan move could backfire as it now looks as if the player is no longer needed at Arsenal, contrary to what Wenger says.
Talks over Wilshere’s future is highly likely to take place. Whether Wenger can convince him to sign a new deal remains to be seen