Wilshere: It would hurt if Arsenal sold me

The 23-year-old has seen others excel during yet another injury-induced absence but he expects to stay this summer despite not talking to Arsene Wenger about his future

Jack Wilshere says he would hurt if Arsenal sold him but admits he is yet to discuss with future with Arsene Wenger.

The midfielder recently made his return after yet another injury setback, which has restricted the 23-year-old to just 13 Premier League appearances this season.

In his absence, Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey have continued to impress while Mesut Ozil has rediscovered his best form and Francis Coquelin has established him in the first team.

Wilshere expects to be at Arsenal come the start of next season and says he would find it hard to play for another club, but accepts he has a tough task on his hand with Arsenal’s competition for places.

“I would be hurt if they sold me,” he told the Daily Mail. “I want Arsenal to want me. If they didn’t want me, it would hurt. It would be strange playing for another club. I went to Bolton on loan and that was strange.

“I feel like I’m ready to play now and that’s not going to change. I want to play more minutes before the end of the season and then I’ll have to wait until next season and see what the boss’s plans are for me.

“I want to play first-team football. I want to play in the Premier League, the Champions League and I want to continue playing for England.

“If I’m going to do that, I have to play for my club and put in good performances for my club because there are other English midfielders who are doing that in the Premier League.

“You can’t stop the speculation or do anything about it. I have not spoken to the boss about it at all. He has not mentioned it to me. I’ve not mentioned anything to him.

“At the moment, I need to get back in the team. The speculation about my future started when I was injured. You just want to get back out there and get back to what you love doing and concentrate on that.”

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