Arsenal news: Arsene Wenger set to hold crunch talks with Jack Wilshere | Football | Sport


Wilshere was again the star of Arsenal’s European exploits, scoring in the 6-0 demolition of BATE Borisov which underlined their status as runaway group winners going into Monday’s Round of 32 draw in Nyon.

The 25-year-old has been told by England manager Gareth Southgate that he has to be commanding regular Premier League football, however, if he is to be considered for a place in his World Cup plans.

And with time ticking down to the summer, the midfielder is increasingly beginning to feel that his only hope would be to try to engineer a move in the January transfer window.

At the very least, the fact his contract expires in the summer means he is at liberty to sort out his longer-term future, with a role on the bench likely when Arsenal travel to St Mary’s Stadium to face Southampton.

But after nurturing Wilshere at the club for more than a decade, Wenger wants to sit down with his player and discuss the right way forward.

“We are in December now, so it is time to talk,” he said. “But conversations have not happened yet.”

Wenger flat-out denied Mesut Ozil, in a similar position to Wilshere, has been given a new improved offer. The Germany international is still refusing to sign the contract on the table for in excess of £200,000 a week.

Clearly, though, Wenger is not one to give in easily – even after defeat to Manchester United left the Gunners 15 points adrift of leaders Manchester City, he still believes they are catchable in the long-term.

“At the moment we have different worries than the title,” he said. “After such disappointment, you have to think about winning the next game.

“We are too far from the title at the moment to speak about the title. It’s not realistic. But let’s try to win our next game and over a longer distance see if we can come back.”

Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino has warned Southampton striker Charlie Austin not to get carried away with his current form.

Austin has come in from the wilderness to score three goals in as many games for Saints but Pellegrino suggested he needs to keep his feet on the ground.

“Hopefully Charlie can continue working with humility because every single player has to use the training sessions to be better,” said the manager.

“Charlie is not a player who has technical limitations. Everybody has limitations as a person. I have limitations as a person.

“Charlie has something because he has got character and he is competitive.”

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