Date: 5th April 2017 at 10:22pm
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It was reported yesterday afternoon that Arsenal would open contract talks with Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

With the future of manager Arsene Wenger still unclear but the general consensus being he will sign the two year extension that remains on the table as long as Arsenal’s form improves enough between now and the end of the season to somewhat placate those fans who feel his time is up, the Standard reported that talks with the trio would begin before the end of the week despite the ongoing uncertainly and inspite of the fact that talks with Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez have been placed on hold until the summer.

Wilshere has 14 months remaining on his deal at the Emirates and despite enjoying his game time and spell out at Bournemouth so far this season, the belief is the 25 year old wants to return and regain his starting spot ahead of next campaign and they also suggest that terms will also be offered to Gibbs and Oxlade-Chamberlain, but that like Wilshere, they are likely to pause themselves until clarity over the manager is confirmed.

Whilst the report merely suggests they ‘expect’ Arsenal to do the above, it’s not a leap to suggest that those with just over a year remaining will at least open talks as that’s a sensible option for the club to take irrespective of what happens with the hotseat over the summer.

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