Date: 16th December 2012 at 12:45pm
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Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has handed Arsenal a timely boost by revealing that he is on the verge of a new contract with the club. The return of 20 year old Wilshere to fitness has been one of the few bright spots on an indifferent season so far for Arsenal and Jack suggests he’ll be sticking around for a while yet.

Yeah, I`m talking to the club and I probably will be ­committing my future to the club in the next couple of weeks. I know the club are going through a bad time, but it`s not a problem for me.

‘I think you`ve seen over the past few years the top players have probably thought they don`t see a bright future at Arsenal. But it`s different for them, they were a bit older than me.

“I`m 20, I`ve still got a long way, touch wood, to go in my career.

“Players like Robin are older and maybe he thought ‘I haven`t got time any more`. And Cesc wanted to go home to Spain, which was ­understandable

“But, for me, I`m young and there are older players around me, and also younger ­players around me.

“So in the next three or four years, we can challenge for ­everything.”

Wilshere suggested that he would also like to captain the club in the future, ‘I want to ­captain this club one day,” said Wilshere.

“I`ve been here since I was nine. I know the tradition, and I have been in the first team since I was young.’

It’s thought that Aaron Ramsey and Kieran Gibbs are also close to new deals and that the club have opened negotiations with Alex Oxlade Chamberlain, as the club seek to secure the futures of their British core.