Wilshere lifts lid on moment Wenger told him he can leave Arsenal

Wilshere lifts lid on moment Wenger told him he can leave Arsenal

BURTON-0N-TRENT, United Kingdom, Mar 22 - England midfielder Jack Wilshere has played down World Cup expectations but believes the Russian showpiece could be a stepping stone towards a brighter future for Gareth Southgate's inexperienced team.

Wilshere was pedalling away on the watt bike at the club's training ground last summer, when Wenger stopped by.

"Obviously I was not happy with that, but at the same time I was happy he was honest", Wilshere said.

"I have got three months left on my contract".

"It was a unusual one, because maybe part of me knew all this already - all I needed was some clarity on where I stood in the football club", Wilshere said.

The England midfielder says that a part of him accepted the truth while another part was sad, but the Arsenal boss also gave him another chance saying an opportunity may arise if he keeps on performing in the Carabao Cup and Europa League. His prime intention was to get matches under his belt and prove himself worthy of the team that refused to offer him a contract.

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The reports recently are claiming that Jack has been offered reduced weekly terms, with improved appearance bonuses in order to protect the club from the England international's proneness to injury, and the star looks unwilling to agree to such terms.

Wilshere's current deal with the Gunners will expire at the end of June, however, and his future is still unclear.

Arsenal's new chief in contract negotiations, Huss Fahmy, is refusing to negotiate with Wilshere over a contract, and as such, the 26-year-old looks to leave the Emirates now. When I was at Bournemouth, getting back here was always the aim.

"Since Jack has come back into the spotlight he has been in fantastic form for Arsenal, one of the real stand-up guys", Reo-Coker said. "We don't want to set ourselves any targets but I think going through after the World Cup the group is in a good position", he added.

"But I've always felt like it's somewhere that I belong and I want to be involved in this".

"His professional career demanded that he moved, but his heart wanted him to stay".