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"They will offer him a contract" - Club legend confirms Arsenal agreement with international star


Arsenal will offer a new contract to midfielder Jack Wilshere but the Englishman must stay health, club legend Martin Keown has declared.

The 25-year-old will return to the Emirates after his loan spell at Bournemouth came to an end last season.

He will have to work hard to secure a regular place in Arsene Wenger's squad but Keown is convinced that he is still a quality player.

"They certainly will offer him a new contract," Keown told Mirror.

"Whether or not the player will get quite the lucrative contract he might have got in the past, or the length of the contract, may be an issue but [Arsene Wenger] will try to support him because he's a huge fan.

"Jack's come through the youth system. [Wenger] will try and protect him as best he can but what the player needs is luck.

"He's gone from playing for England to not being first team selection at Bournemouth and that will hurt him.

"He may well have got injured but he sat and watched a lot of football last season when he was at Bournemouth. He needs to get fit again, but we've said that so many times.

"We know Jack is a special talent. His injuries have marred his career.

"It must be tough for Arsene Wenger to watch. How many times has he broken ankles and had operations?

"His quality isn't in doubt, it's his health that's the issue.

"There are some big decisions to be made but I would feel he is someone Wenger would try to keep. Somebody that he will try to support."

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