'Wilshere can be Arsenal captain' – Wenger confirms contract talks

Although the England international has been sent on loan to Bournemouth for the duration of the season, but the Frenchman said he could yet captain the club

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed that the club will begin talks with Jack Wilshere over extending the midfielder’s contract in December.

Wilshere, 24, is currently on a season-long loan at Bournemouth after Wenger couldn’t guarantee him regular first team football this season.

He was omitted from Sam Allardyce’s recent England squad that faced Slovakia in a World Cup qualification match and remains determined to prove himself at the top level following years of injury problems.

“I always try to combine the interests of the club and the interests of the player. In this case that’s what I have tried to do,” said Wenger.

“Sometimes it doesn’t always come out as you want it to. But he is a real Arsenal man as well. He can be a captain here. I want him to extend [his contract], yes. I think that will happen around December.

“I let him go for health reasons. But he is an ambitious guy. We have all been his age and wanted to play football but we didn’t have his talent.”

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With the likes of Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla all ahead of Wilshere in the midfield pecking order at Arsenal, Wenger says he can wholeheartedly understand the frustrations of the player.

“You imagine what he must feel like when he cannot play with everything he can do. It is very frustrating. What is at stake for him is just playing.

“He is not yet completely at his physical level. If you look at the number of games he has played recently in the last six months, you cannot be at the competitive level he wants to be.

“He’s a world-class player and he doesn’t have to show me that he has the quality to play at Bournemouth, just that he comes back to a regular competitive level.”

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