Arsenal are set to prepare Jack Wilshere for taking over the captaincy and will hand him a bumper new deal.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is delighted with the progress being made by the 20-year-old in recent weeks coming back from 17 months out and wants to tie down his long-term future, according to the Daily Mail.

Wilshere still has two and a half years left to run on his current Arsenal deal, but the Emirates Stadium hierarchy do not want a repeat of the uncertainty that allowed the likes of Robin van Persie and Samir Nasri force through moves by running down their contracts.

The report claims preliminary talks have already taken place between the England international and his club over an increase on the £50,000-a-week he currently receives.

It also says Wenger is keen to exploit the connection Wilshere has with the club having come through the youth ranks and is lining him up to take the captain’s armband in the future.

Current skipper Thomas Vermaelen is in no danger of having it taken from him, but Wenger sees the young midfielder as the natural successor to the Belgium international.

Wilshere missed the entirety of last season through various ankle and knee injuries, but made his comeback in the past month and has shown signs of rediscovering the form he was in before picking up the injury.

Wenger revealed Wilshere missed the scoreless draw with Aston Villa at the weekend due to a minor problem with the ankle he injured, but he is expected to be fit to face Everton in Arsenal’s next fixture on Wednesday night.

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