Arsenal fans in the Transfer Tavern had set themselves up on the sofas to relax ahead of what they anticipated to be a quiet last week of the transfer window, so you can imagine their surprise when news broke of an imminent £31m deal.
Football Insider states Arsenal have agreed a deal in principle to extend Jack Wilshere’s contract, raising his weekly wage to a phenomenal £110k-a-week and giving the England international £31m over the next five years.
Wilshere, who has two-and-a-half-years left on his current £90k-a-week deal, is yet to feature this season due to a broken leg sustained in pre-season but the 24-year-old is tipped to return next month and has the full backing of Arsene Wenger.
Rival clubs are keen on the English talent, who has risen to fame since starring against Barcelona as a teenager, but Arsenal will move him into the same bracket as their highest earners to ensure they keep him at North London.
Our landlord believes this is further good news for Arsenal fans, following a long-term deal for Nacho Monreal earlier this week, and he’s keen for the Gunners to continue sealing the future of their stars.
Arsenal fans, does Wilshere deserve a new contract? Can he finally put his injury problems behind him? Let us know in the comments below!