Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has insisted that contract talks with Jack Wilshere will start in December despite the fact that the midfielder is out on loan at Bournemouth currently.
A combination of injuries, lack of form and competition for places led to the decision to allow Wilshere to leave north London on a temporary basis ahead of the transfer deadline last month.
The England international will hope to secure regular playing time and prove his class under Eddie Howe between now and next May, but the move did raise eyebrows over his future with the Gunners.
Not for the first time, Wenger has insisted that Wilshere has a long-term future at the club, and has now even revealed that contract extension talks will take place in December.
“I want him to extend, yes, I think [talks will start] around December,” he said, as reported by Sky Sports.
“When I make a decision it is in the best interests of the player and of his interest as well.”
Time will tell as to whether or not the loan move was the perfect idea for both club and player, as a run of good games and a lack of injury setbacks should allow Wilshere to prove his worth and stake a claim for a place in the Arsenal midfield moving forward.
However, it could also be seen as a risky idea to start contract talks at a time when he has yet to prove he can consistently deliver at a high level and stay fit, but Wenger’s faith is evidently strong that Wilshere can prove his critics wrong and become a mainstay in the Arsenal team in the long term.