Arsenal have made a bold move by offering injured midfielder Jack Wilshere a new contract in north-London, according to a report in the Times.
The 25-year-old, who is currently on a season-long loan at Bournemouth, was expected to depart Arsenal this summer with the likes of AC Milan and West Ham reportedly keen.
But the Gunners have seemingly decided against selling their former academy starlet, opting to offer Wilshere a new contract despite the midfielder suffering a fractured leg against Tottenham last weekend.
The latest injury will see Wilshere miss the entire pre-season as well as some of the start of next season, but this still hasn't stopped Arsenal from trying to pen the injury-prone star to a new long-term deal.
BREAKING: Jack Wilshere ruled out for rest of season with broken leg, Sky sources understand. #SSNHQ— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) April 18, 2017
However, a stumbling block could form in terms of Wilshere's personal goals, as the midfielder may be forced to reduce his £80k-a-week wages to stay at the club.
Also, with a lot of central-midfielders ahead of Wilshere in the pecking order at Arsenal, will staying at the club be worthwhile for the midfielder who has played more for Bournemouth this season than he had in his last three seasons combined with Arsenal?
The Gunners are sixth in the Premier League at present, three points behind Man Utd in fifth and seven points behind Manchester City, who have played an extra game, in the top-four.