The topic of “contracts” must be becoming painful for Arsenal fans as they will reluctantly recall the many unsuccessful negotiations with their own squad players. But with the talk of Theo Walcott now looking like the most recent player to reject a new deal at The Emirates, Arsene Wenger has placed a clear and careful pressure on his 20 year old midfielder, Jack Wilshere, to renew his contract, in a hope that Arsenal fans won’t feel a devastating pain in the future.
Wilshere, the new hope of English football who recently spent 15 months out with injury, has said recently that he will stay at Arsenal “for life”. And having been brought up through the ranks in North London, Wenger wants to make sure he has a real commitment from Wilshere, rather than just words.
Wenger said “He has always been very committed to this club and I hope he will show that,”
For Arsenal fans it must give a sense of relief after the failing of commitment from other big stars such as, Robin Van Persie, Alexander Song, Cesc Fabregas, Gael Clichy, Samir Nasri and now, worryingly for Arsenal fans, Theo Walcott.
Their is a sense though that Wilshere has a different mind set to those who have gone before him. An Arsenal fan for life, he has stated;
“It’s a dream. To have my family 20 minutes from the training ground and an hour from the stadium is perfect for me.
“Cesc wanted to go home. Home for me is Arsenal. Cesc wanted to go back to his family and friends. My family and friends are 20 minutes away. It’s perfect.”
For Arsenal fans, it is rare to see such passion in recent years and for many, you’d expect they’re shaking with excitement when they hear Wilshere saying he wishes to emulate the number of games former captain Tony Adams played.
Wenger has once again now got a new breed and group of Arsenal players to work with.
“We have quite a lot of British players. Like Gibbs, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and, of course, we still have the case of Walcott”
Wilshere who scored last week vs Montpellier in the Champions League is Arsenal through and through, but Wenger appears to have learnt from his past contract mistakes and now appears to know action must be taken early.
“You want them all on long-term contracts.”
There’s no doubt that Arsenal may well have their hands of some of Britain’s finest young prospects, and if Wenger manages to retain them, then it could be a solid and exciting core that could help bring back the glory days to the red side of North London.
Stowe Gregory @stowegregory