Date: 28th June 2017 at 11:25am
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Jack Wilshere’s bid to prove himself worthy of a new deal at Arsenal, not a sentence I’d ever thought myself writing in all honesty, could be dealt a further blow by reports he’s struggling to overcome his broken leg in time for pre-season.

Wilshere, who sustained his broken leg in April playing for Bournemouth last season, has been through an ‘intensive rehabilitation programme’ this summer but could miss Arsenal’s tour to Australia and China, reports the Daily Mirror.

Arsenal expect to welcome most of the players back to pre-season training on Monday but Arsene Wenger, of course fresh from a newly signing two year deal, will be without Wilshere, 25, who looks set to miss the first friendly in Australia on 13th July.

This is another blow to Wilshere in his bid to (a) sign a new deal at Arsenal, apparently something the Gunners want to offer or (b) secure himself another club before the transfer deadline.

In other news, according to the Daily Mail, hopes of keeping Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil at the Emirates Stadium have seen Arsenal offer a 20% increase in new deals.

Contracts, in excess of £250,000 per week, are believed to have been turned down previously.

Both under contract until the summer of 2019, Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott continue to be linked with Premier League rivals West Ham.

West Ham’s interest in Giroud would be stepped up if/when Arsenal manage to secure the signing of Alexandre Lacazette – ‘if’ probably being the optimum word when it comes to the Lyon forward joining the Gunners? Meanwhile, the Hammers were credited with a renewed interest in Walcott a few days ago.

£50m has been set aside by West Ham as they hope to tempt Arsenal into a double deal, reported the Daily Star on Tuesday. However, the expectancy is, even if the Gunners allowed them to leave, convincing one, let alone the paid, to switch to the London Stadium wouldn’t be too likely.

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