Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has insisted that the club no longer have to sell their best players after recent reports linked midfield ace Jack Wilshere with a move to Premier League rivals Manchester City.
As reported by the Daily Mail, the Gunners chief has insisted that the England international won't be leaving the club anytime soon, but it remains to be seen as to whether the Citizens step up their interest in him anytime soon.
Manchester City, of course, have landed the likes of Samir Nasri and Barcary Sagna from north London in recent years, but the Gunners faithful will certainly feel confident that Wilshere is staying put.
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When asked about the possibility of Wilshere moving to the Etihad, the Arsenal chief responded by saying: "We are not in a position anymore where we have to sell our best players."
Wilshere, meanwhile, may well have a role to play in this weekend's Premier League schedule, as Wenger leads his in form side to Turf Moor to take on strugglers Burnley.
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The Arsenal boss has declared Wilshere fit for the clash, but it's unlikely the midfield ace will be handed a starting role as the club look to maintain their top two status in England's elite division.
As well as Wilshere, the same report from the Mail has revealed that the trio of Mathieu Debuchy, Mikel Arteta and Abou Diaby are all in contention for the showdown, while defensive ace Laurent Koscielny is set for a fitness test after picking up a groin injury in his side's thumping victory over Liverpool last weekend.
Wilshere must prove himself
Ultimately Wenger has insisted that the club no longer need to sell their best players, but is Wilshere actually one of the club's top stars?
In truth, over the past year or so, it's hard to give the England man that status, as he's failed to prove his credentials for the club on a consistent basis.
Failing to stay fit, Wilshere has never quite found his rhythm in north London in recent time, and now faces a defining next year in his career. Still only 23, the midfield ace still has time on his side, but he must start producing the goods sooner rather than later if he wants to remain at one of the biggest side's in the country.
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