By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger expects Jack Wilshere to sign a new contract very soon.

The 18-year-old midfielder has been THE major plus of Arsenal’s season so far. At the start of the campaign, his manager was mulling over loaning him back to Bolton.

In the end, Wenger kept him in the fold and has been rewarded with a number of sparkling performances.

However Wilshere’s current deal runs out at the end of next season and, with his reputation rising, the Frenchman is looking to secure his services for some time.

“We are confident that we will sign Jack very quickly,” said Wenger. “Hopefully we can follow him with Wojciech Szczesny as well.

“Jack has 18 months to go. I will try to get him on a longer contract but we are not short, short with him because he has basically two years left. We hope that we can announce that soon.

“Overall I feel Jack has had a great start to the season. We expected him to play in a higher position on the pitch but basically it suits him quite well to play from deep.

“There is a touch of Liam Brady about him. And it looks like he can handle the pressure well.

“He is a quiet guy. But you can see that in the big games, he wants the ball. So it is just natural for him to play.”

Of course, Wilshere is not involved in the first-team at the moment. On Saturday, he sees out his three-match ban for being sent off against Birmingham at fortnight ago.

“He has been bored,” admitted Wenger.

“As you would be when you are on such a high, playing with excitement form game to game, and then suddenly it stops.

“He is now keen to come back.”

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