Arsenal officials appear to have been left embarrassed and disappointed after Jack Wilshere once again found himself in the midst of a scandal.
The midfielder, who returned to full training for the first time since early August last Friday, had been making headlines for all the right reasons. Arsene Wenger even suggested he would make the Euro 2016 squad after completing his latest spell of rehabilitation from a broken leg.
On Monday, Wilshere firmly moved from the back pages to the front after being pictured talking to policemen outside a swanky London nightclub in the early hours of Sunday morning. It is believed that the 24-year-old was not in breach of any club rules and he has vehemently denied being involved in an alleged brawl.
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He was, however, asked to leave Cafe de Paris and the club are wondering why, once again, their struggling star has got himself into a compromising decision. Now, according to The Sun, a big decision has been made.
The report claims that Arsenal have put contract talks with Wilshere on hold indefinitely following the incident. Wilshere's current deal has two years to run on it and is worth £80,000-a-week. There had been preliminary discussions over an extension but they have now been shelved.
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If true, it is the perfect reaction from Wenger, who has stuck by the star through a number of incidents and injuries only to see it thrown back in his face. Having missed the entire campaign, Wilshere's career has well and truly stalled. While the injury was certainly a bad one, his recovery time has been longer than anyone expected. Indeed, the original diagnosis was just three months out.
It is, therefore, frustrating to see Wilshere concentrating as much on his social life as his career. There is no suggestion that he was involved in any wrongdoing or even that he was intoxicated, but the very fact that he was out at 3am has been enough to irk Emirates officials. It is believed Wilshere will also be fined one week's wages.
By delaying contract talks, it forces Wilshere out of his comfort zone and into a position where he may actually have to face up to leaving his boyhood club if he doesn't get his act together.
Unfortunately, this is just the latest in a number of incidents that has brought both Wilshere and Arsenal into disrepute. He was fined £40,000 by the FA for encouraging fans to sing disparaging songs about Tottenham and was clearly drunk as Arsenal celebrated an FA Cup victory.
Despite the fact he played only 13 minutes in the 4-0 win over Aston Villa, he was more than happy to take full part in the celebrations. He has also been photographed smoking cigarettes twice and a shisha pipe once.
In all of this, there remains an anticipation for his return. Wilshere took part in full training last week and there is a chance he could play for the Under-21 side against Newcastle this Friday.
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