Jack Wilshere, set to be the subject of a reported £50million offer from Manchester City, is going nowhere, according to reports coming out of the Emirates Stadium.
In fact, Wilshere is seen as so integral to Arsenal's long-term plans that manager Arsene Wenger has stepped in to quell speculation early. According to The Daily Mirror newspaper today Wenger has asked that Wilshere's terms be drastically improved, with a new £100k-a-week contract be put in its place to make certain he stays a Gunner.
Relief for fans
This will come as a big relief to the majority of Arsenal fans around the globe. Throughout the club's transition from Highbury to the Emirates Wenger had to juggle finances and balance the books by selling some of their top talents - many of whom coincidentally ended up at City.
It seems that now though that with the cash-flow situation looking rosy that need not happen anymore. To the contrary in the last couple of seasons Arsenal fans have seen the additions of two world-class players in Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.
Wenger on the hunt?
What's more, the Arsenal faithful will be optimistic about this news and hoping that the club will kick-on and recruit yet more top-class talent to add to the squad in a bid to seriously challenge for next season's Premier League title.
If the rumours are true that is exactly what Wenger has been working on, by bringing in top goalkeeper Petr Cech from Chelsea. If latest reports are to be taken as gospel that deal is virtually completed, with the details a mere formality.
A familiar chase
Meanwhile Wenger has also turned his attentions back to an old favourite in Sporting Lisbon's William Carvalho. The Portugal star can play as a defensive-midfielder and as a central defender, and though the emergence of Francis Coquelin has been key, Wenger feels he just needs one other specialist in that role who can add extra cover if needed in defence.
A deal could be put together soon and a bid for the Portugal international could be in the offing in the region of £28.5m.
Arsenal fans, are you happy to see Wilshere stay with the team moving forward? Who should Wenger get in to bolster the midfielder? Let us know in the comments box below.
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