Jack Wilshere's season-long loan to AFC Bournemouth raised some questions about the England midfielder's future at the Emirates, after being a regular feature for Arsene Wenger in recent seasons.
It was arguably the shock transfer on deadline day, with it baffling Arsenal fans and coming somewhat out of the blue.
While some pundits and fans questioned the 24-year-old's reasons for joining the Cherries, who are in their second season in the Premier League, Wilshere is looking to get some much-needed game time, after making just two substitute appearances for Arsenal this campaign.
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However, despite the shock loan move to Bournemouth suggesting Wilshere may no longer have a future at Arsenal, reports from The Sun claim the opposite and that, in fact, the England midfielder has already opened talks about a new three-year deal at the Emirates.
Wilshere and Wenger have reportedly already spoken about extending his deal which expires at the end of next season, and talks so far have been positive.
“Jack left because he wanted to get more first-team football to get his England spot back." an Emirates source said.
“He loves Arsenal and wants to remain and the club and the chats he has had with the club have been very positive on both sides.
Desperate to stay
“Jack is desperate to stay and prove himself to everyone what a top-class player he is. The experience about Bournemouth should serve him well.”
But despite Arsenal being prepared to offer their academy graduate a new deal at the club, Wenger has warned the England international that he is playing for his future and will therefore be offered the new deal that is currently in discussion, depending on how he performs at Bournemouth.
Wilshere will be hoping he can remain fit right the way through the season, after an injury-ravaged career has limited the former Bolton loanee to just 105 league appearances for the club.
The Arsenal midfielder also had loan offers from AS Roma and Crystal Palace this summer but, as a father, Wilshere reportedly considered a move abroad to be unwise, while former teammate and Bournemouth striker Benik Afobe seemingly helped tempt Wilshere to the south coast, rather than south London.
Eddie Howe is hoping the midfielder's vast experience and quality can help the Cherries finish above the 16th place where they finished last season, while also helping Wilshere in his bid to return to the England team. He was left out of new boss Sam Allardyce's squad for their World Cup qualifier against Slovakia on Sunday in favour of Leicester's Danny Drinkwater.
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