Arsenal 'no closer' to resolving Jack Wilshere contract, says Arsene Wenger

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Jack Wilshere is out of contract at the end of season.

Jack Wilshere’s Arsenal future remains in doubt after manager Arsene Wenger insisted “nothing has changed” in the negotiations over a new deal for the midfielder.

The England international is out of contract at the end of the season and can walk away for nothing if no fresh terms are agreed.

Wilshere has re-established himself in the Arsenal first team this season after years of injury torment and a campaign spent out on loan at Bournemouth.

But, despite becoming an integral part of Wenger’s side in recent months, the 26-year-old has yet to agree a new contract, with reports suggesting the offer on the table is for a lower basic salary than his current deal.

Due to his history of injuries, it is claimed any new deal will be heavily incentivised based on appearances and, after Wenger said contract talks would open last December, Wilshere said after the 2-0 Europa League win at AC Milan that the situation was at an impasse.

Asked if he had anything to say on his contract wrangle after Wenger claimed the ball was in the player’s court, Wilshere replied: “Not really, no.

“Things have changed since then. All I can tell you is that we are no closer to sorting anything out.”

Wenger offered a different take on the issue when speaking ahead of Thursday’s last-16 second-leg meeting with Milan.

“On my side, nothing has changed,” he said. “I don’t know, but Jack will be free at the end of the season.

“We make a proposal to him, I want him to stay and my desire is to see him linked to the club for the future. I hope he will do it.”

While Wilshere’s Arsenal future is still up in the air, he is likely to be given a fresh chance to bolster his World Cup prospects.

Gareth Southgate announces his England squad on Thursday ahead of a friendly double-header against the Netherlands and Italy.

The Three Lions boss has spoken in the past about Wilshere having to be playing regular Premier League football to stand a chance of making his World Cup squad.

Now the player has earned his place back, Wenger believes he should be given an England recall, with his last cap coming in the shock defeat to Iceland at Euro 2016.

Asked if he thought Wilshere had done enough to be included, Wenger replied: “Yes and I wish he is in the England squad.

“The vibes I get are positive. I believe he has a good chance to be in there, but we have to leave that to Gareth Southgate. I have enough to do with my job.”

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Ashley Young urges Man United to use Champions League disappointment in quest for FA Cup glory

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Ashely Young backs United to quickly bounce back from their Champions League loss.

Ashley Young intends to use Manchester United‘s Champions League disappointment as a catalyst for victory in their crucial FA Cup quarter-final against Brighton.

Jose Mourinho‘s men are reeling from Tuesday’s shock Old Trafford exit to Sevilla in a last-16 tie few expected to go the Spaniards way.

However, United failed to heed the warning signs displayed in a goalless first leg and promising return display by the Andalusians in Manchester, where Wissam Ben Yedder’s brace inspired a famous 2-1 win.

It leaves the Red Devils’ season at a crossroads given the FA Cup remains their only realistic shot at silverware, with left-back Young well aware of the importance of winning Saturday evening’s quarter-final against Brighton.

“When you don’t score goals, you don’t win the game,” the England international said.

“When you concede, it’s obviously hard to get yourselves back into the game.

“We obviously scored the goal to get us back into it, but there wasn’t enough time.

“It’s obviously disappointing, there’s a lot of disappointment in there, but you have got to dust yourselves down and take the disappointment into the weekend.

“We’ve got another cup competition we’ve got to go and play for and we want to get ourselves back to winning ways and into the next round in that competition.”

Young, speaking to beIN SPORTS, understood the reaction to a loss in “a game of this magnitude”, but did not feel United took progress to the Champions League quarter-finals for granted.

“Every team in this competition is dangerous,” he added. “You wouldn’t be in this competition and this far into the competition if it wasn’t.

“We knew they had danger, but I felt when we started the game, we started off brightly and we had a few chances that just didn’t want to go in.

“On another day it would have gone in, but it wasn’t meant to be today and, like I say, we are disappointed.”

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Man United's Marouane Fellaini, sporting Mickey Mouse look, says he's not an aggressive player

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Marouane Fellaini has found a novel way to hit back at critics.

If anyone has ever thought of Marouane Fellaini as a Mickey Mouse footballer, the Manchester United midfielder has made that idea more believable during a shoot with GQ Style.

One of the looks the Belgian sported for the shoot recalled the iconic Disney character, with Fellaini’s trademark afro bunched into a Mickey Mouse-inspired hairdo.

On the pitch, of course, the 30-year-old has been hitting back at critics by becoming one of Jose Mourinho‘s trusted lieutenants in midfield.

“I’ve learnt a lot with him,” Fellaini said. “José is someone who wants to win every game: he pushes players to get the maximum from them.

“He has a very good understanding with his players. He’s a winner.”

Despite often being used for his physicality, Fellaini says there’s more to his game than aggression, adding that pundits have unfairly attached that label to him.

“It think it’s easy for them to portray me as an aggressive player but I’m not.

“I try to play my game, I try my best to recover the ball quickly: that’s my job. Try to be better all the time, to give my best for the team, for the club.

“I always want to improve.”

The Belgian has talked up his country’s chances at this year’s World Cup in Russia, which comes after two successive tournaments in which the Red Devils have underachieved. They were knocked out at the quarterfinal stage by Argentina in the 2014 World Cup and Wales in Euro 2016, but are again being considered a dark-horse candidate for this summer’s showpiece.

“We hope to do better than at the last World Cup and Euros,” Fellaini said.

“We have a great squad and we’re four years more experienced. We’re ready and want to do something special for the Belgian fans.”

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