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Wenger confident Wilshere will sign new Arsenal contract

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he is "confident" midfielder Jack Wilshere will sign a new contract at the club. Credit: PA

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he is "confident" midfielder Jack Wilshere will sign a new contract at the club.

Wilshere's current deal runs out in the summer and, despite an offer being on the table, the 26-year-old is yet to agree terms.

"I cannot give you any news," said Wenger at his pre-match press conference. "I don't know really what is in his mind.

"He has not signed, he has an offer and we want him to stay. The offer is a long-term contract and I hope at some stage he will sign it. I am always confident.

"As a club you want the players to stay and be paid well and I think everyone would agree we pay our players very well."

Bould: Wilshere good enough to make World Cup squad

Jack Wilshere missed the recent England friendlies. Credit: PA

Steve Bould believes Jack Wilshere has the quality to earn a place in England's World Cup squad but is concerned the Arsenal midfielder will have to manage injuries for the rest of his career.

Wilshere, 26, was last week in line for his first international cap since the Euro 2016 exit at the hands of Iceland only for a small knee problem to rule him out of the friendly double-header against Holland and Italy.

"It can happen at any time, I don't know if there is anybody to blame. It is just one of those things," Bould said of the knee issue that kept Wilshere out of the friendlies.

"I haven't actually spoken to him, in all honesty. But he will have been disappointed. He wants to play for his country, I'm sure.

"I don't know whether he has (missed out on the World Cup) or not. I hope not. I think his ability, if he can show it over the next few games, he is good enough to get in there."

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Wilshere ruled out of England's game with Holland

Jack Wilshere has a knee problem. Credit: PA

Jack Wilshere will miss England's friendly against Holland on Friday due to injury, manager Gareth Southgate has announced.

The Arsenal midfielder suffered a knee problem in training on Thursday morning and did not travel to Amsterdam.

Southgate said: "Nothing too serious. We had the option to bring him here, treat him here and let it settle or keep him at base. We decided to leave him there.

"It will be interesting to see how he responds. He was disappointed to pull out of training. It is not something new for him. He has trained well with us this week."

Southgate also confirmed that Jordan Pickford will start in goal against the Netherlands in Amsterdam and Jordan Henderson will be captain.

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