Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is eager to keep Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs at the Emirates Stadium, saying that he wants to make the two players the core of his team for the future.

Wilshere has struggled with injuries that have reduced him to only 21 appearances in all competitions this season. He brought the curtains down on his league season with a fantastic 20-yard strike against West Bromwich Albion in a 4-1 win yesterday.

Gibbs has 33 appearances to his name this season, but he hasn’t been a regular in the starting eleven for the Gunners since the turn of the year. The 25-year-old has contributed one goal and five assist to Arsenal’s cause this term.

Wenger is keen to keep the two players, who joined the club at a relatively young age, and wants to make the core of his team for the future.

When asked about Wilshere staying at the club, the Frenchman said that he hopes that he stays at the club.


“He wants to stay at the club? I hope so!”, he was quoted as saying by his club’s site.

“He has been educated here and he’s Arsenal through and through.

“He and Kieran Gibbs are. He arrived at nine years of age and Gibbs at 12.

“You want them to be the future of the team and the core of the team.”

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