I find it quite fantastic that Arsene Wenger is complaining that this transfer window is the worst that Arsenal have had to endure since his arrival, and he explained why in today's press conference. Arsenal have made a decision to part with the Chilean who is now on the verge of Manchester United.
Both sides have made it clear they want a deal agreed, though, and a new long-term contract could see Wilshere stay at Arsenal for his entire career.
Petr Cech and Laurent Koscielny are other potential options, but as reported by the Mail, Wenger believes that Wilshere is one of the right men to take Arsenal forward into the future with the armband. We await the verdicts of Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey, who himself is out of contract in 17 months, but it is hard to feel vast optimism.
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says that the club are seeking to "find a financial agreement" with Jack Wilshere as talks over a new contract continue. Everybody knew that it was obvious that Alexis Sanchez was desperate to leave in the summer and he made little contribution to the Arsenal team until December, when this current window was approaching, so we have had a disrupting influence in the squad all season.
"I think they'll be in a very strong state, I think they'll be hungry to prove the people who want to write them off wrong", he said. "Crystal Palace were in a good run before we played against them and since they have had positive results again, so we just have to focus on our performance and make that we win the game". "That's what we're trying to do".
Wilshere will be a central figure against Crystal Palace on Saturday - a game for which Danny Welbeck has been ruled out.