Juventus have emerged as one of the interested parties in Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere who will be out of contract in the summer. The 25-year-old is expected to take a pay-cut of £20,000 for his new contract and that is not ideal for a long-serving first-team player. Arsene Wenger and the bosses at Emirates are still negotiating a deal and if an agreement is not met by the end of the season, the Gunners will see their wonderboy make the shock move to the Serie A.
Not one of the Arsenal faithful would want to see Wilshere leave the club especially after witnessing his brilliance over the course of the season. Coming back from injury is always met with a tough transitional period and yet Wilshere has taken it upon himself to prove his worth.
And he has succeeded remarkably. He captained the team through a first spot finish in the Europea League group stages in the earlier stages of the season. He currently holds the first-team spot alongside Granit Xhaka in the holding midfield role ahead of an injury-riddled Aaron Ramsey.
He has been one of the best players on the pitch even though Arsenal have struggled to put a run of wins under their belt. The club went through a troubling period over the entire transfer saga of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil and while his teammates were low on morale, Wilshere picked up the slack from the heart of the park and delivered time and time again.
He has already racked up 5 assists and 2 goals, one of them coming against a Chelsea in the 2-2 draw in the first game of the year.
Arsenal have already handed out massive contracts to Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan over the January window and Wilshere would expect to receive the same amount of generosity. It seems like his injury history is one of Arsenal’s biggest concerns even though the player has proven his fitness over the season.
The 25-year-old has taken personal measures to uphold his fitness along with the recommended terms of the club doctors. A reduction of the player’s wage at such a juncture of his career is not the best way to go about things for Arsenal.
Even though Wilshere is loyal to the Gunners, he might have to consider the lucrative deals that Juventus will be able to provide him with the promise of Champions League football. However, it might not be a good decision for the North London club to let him leave in the next transfer window without having a substantial replacement at hand as they will be playing in the UEFA Champions League next season if they can win the Europa League this term.