Jack Wilshere has hinted he could leave Arsenal for pastures new this summer with a suggestive late-night message on social media.
The midfielder’s Arsenal contract expires at the end of this month, and while discussions continue between Wilshere and the club his future remains unresolved.
Wilshere missed out on Gareth Southgate’s England World Cup squad, despite making 38 appearances in all competitions and staying fit for most of the season.
In an Instagram story on Wednesday night, Wilshere posted: «There comes a time when you have to choose between turning the page and closing the book.»
Wilshere will discuss his options with new Arsenal head coach Unai Emery, who is already moving to re-shape Arsenal’s midfield.
Arsenal are closing in on the signing of Sampdoria ball-winner Lucas Torreira, and have also tabled an improved contract offer to Aaron Ramsey. Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Mohamed Elneny have also signed contract extensions in recent months.
Wilshere has been at Arsenal since the age of nine and made his first-team debut in a 2008 Premier League win at Blackburn Rovers 2008.
Wilshere’s breakthrough season came in 2010-11 however, a campaign marked by a man-of-the-match performance against Barcelona when the then 19-year-old Wilshere went toe-to-toe with Xavi and Andres Iniesta.
An ankle injury sustained that summer was the start of a series of debilitating physical problems that halted Wilshere’s development.
A season on loan at Bournemouth helped Wilshere regain fitness, but Southgate’s decision to omit him from his 23-man squad raises fresh questions about his suitability to top-level intensity.
Crystal Palace and West Ham have reportedly held an interest in the England international, while there have been offers from Serie A in the past.
Emery was handed a difficult start to his Arsenal tenure on Thursday, with the Premier League fixture list producing an opening weekend meeting with champions Manchester City followed by a trip to Chelsea.