Arsenal supporters in the Transfer Tavern are very much looking forward to the new era at the Emirates Stadium following the appointment of Unai Emery as Arsene Wenger’s successor last month.
Frenchman Wenger vacated his role as Gunners boss at the end of last season after 22 years in the hotseat, in which time he led the North London giants to three Premier League titles, as well as seven FA Cup triumphs. However, things were a lot tougher for the 68-year-old in his last few years as Arsenal chief, to the point that Spaniard Emery inherits a squad that finished sixth in the Premier League last term, a staggering 37 points adrift of champions Manchester City.
Nonetheless, there are many optimistic Gunners supporters in the Tavern at present, several of whom are likely to be somewhat concerned by recent reports suggesting that Jack Wilshere has still yet to agree a new deal with the North London club.
And with several Premier League sides thought to be circling the England international, Emery must do all he can to convince the midfielder of remaining at the Emirates Stadium.
Ultimately, there is no doubting that the 26-year-old is one of the most talented midfielders in the Premier League at present, with the England international possessing incredible ability on the ball in picking out a pass and launching attacks thanks to his wonderful vision and positional awareness.
And Arsenal fans saw more of that last term than in many that had gone before, as Wilshere earned 38 appearances in all competitions for the Gunners last time round, which was the most he has accumulated for the club since the 2010/11 campaign – a campaign which saw the Englishman perform at his best.
Yes, those injury concerns will linger, probably for the rest of his career, but it’s plausible that Wilshere is slowly but surely moving away from those worries, and as such could well become a key player for Emery in the coming years – thus, a new deal will feel as big as a signing.
And if Arsenal are serious about bridging the gap to the top five clubs this time round, and thus challenging for Champions League football once again, they have to retain their best and most influential players – Wilshere is certainly one of those.
As such, with Premier League clubs ready to pounce if a new deal isn’t forthcoming, Emery must do all he can to secure an agreement with Wilshere over his future at the Emirates.
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