Arsenal have reportedly tied Jack Wilshere’s new deal to a positive showing by the midfielder at this summer’s European Championship in France.
Wilshere who has two years left on his current deal at the Emirates outfit remains of interest to Manchester City but, even in spite of his injury record since 2011, Arsenal are believed to be interested in retaining him on a long-term basis but first he will be expected to prove his worth for a renewed deal with a positive showing in France for Roy Hodgson’s side.
After an injury hit season that saw the midfielder play just 141 minutes of football, Wilshere has proved his fitness to England manager Hodgson and is now set to play a lead role at Euro 2016. Provided Wilshere comes through the tournament unscathed, the Gunners will offer their academy graduate a contract extension.
The club are also reportedly interested in Celtic’s teenage left-back Kieran Tierney and Bolton defender Rob Holding, who plays for England Under 21s as well as Fulham youngster Ryan Sessegnon.
Arsene Wenger also remains confident that Wilshere can fulfill a potential that first caught the attention of Pep Guardiola – City’s incoming manager – in the 2010-11 season when he was named the PFA young player of the year.
With doubt hanging over the futures of both Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arsenal want to keep a group of players who have been developed at the club, both to meet Premier League ‘home-grown’ quotas but also maintain at least a small British core.
Theo Walcott will also seek talks about his future after losing his place in Arsenal’s starting team and then not being selected in England’s Euro 2016 squad, although he appears likely to be reassured by Wenger who must plan next season in the knowledge that another English striker – Danny Welbeck – will miss most of the campaign following a knee operation.