Arsenal are ready to offer Jack Wilshere a lucrative contract extension if he can prove he has returned to his best at this summer's European Championships, reports The Telegraph.
The 24-year-old has missed the vast majority of the campaign with a broken leg and only made his comeback in the final games. That included two substitute appearances against Sunderland and Manchester City and a start against Aston Villa.
But despite a severe lack of first-team football, England manager Roy Hodgson saw enough to include Wilshere in his preliminary squad for Euro 2016 and, all being well, he is fully expected to travel to France with the final 23.
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Not only that but some reports have already claimed that Wilshere will be in the starting XI for England's opening group game against Russia on June 11. While critics have been quick to question the judgement of Hodgson, it seems that Arsene Wenger is in full agreement with his counterpart.
Indeed, the Arsenal manager still rates Wilshere very highly and is preparing to extend his contract in the summer as a show of faith to the injury-plagued star. His current deal has two years left to run on it and is believed to be worth £90,000-a-week.
Turn for the worse
Of course, Wilshere has taken a turn for the worse since he signed that contract in 2012 when four other British players – Aaron Ramsey, Kieran Gibbs, Carl Jenkinson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – also committed their future to the club.
Back then, Wilshere was widely considered to be one of Europe's biggest talents and even caught the attention of Pep Guardiola in a Champions League match against Barcelona. That was in 2011 when he was also voted the PFA Player of the Year.
His regression will not mean a pay cut, however, as Arsenal are fully prepared to match the deal that Wilshere is currently on. It would be a slim bit of hope for the five players who signed their long-term deals amidst much hope four years ago.
Gibbs and Jenkinson are both expected to leave in the summer transfer window while Wenger is also open to offers for Oxlade-Chamberlain. There is also some doubt surrounding the future of Theo Walcott, meaning Arsenal's British core could be dismantled in a single transfer window.
However, Arsenal still need to meet Premier League and UEFA rules for homegrown players and will need to retain their brightest academy stars. Alex Iwobi has been a beacon of hope while much is expected of Calum Chambers as well.
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