Jack Wilshere urged to sign Arsenal contract by Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants Jack Wilshere to show his commitment to the club by signing a new contract.

The 20-year-old midfielder, who has recently returned to action after a 15-month injury lay-off, has two-and-half-years left on his current deal.

"He [Wilshere] has always been very committed to this club and I hope he will show that," Wenger said.

Jack Wilshere factfile

  • Born on 1 January 1992
  • Joined Arsenal in October 2001
  • Made senior debut against Blackburn as a substitute in a 4-0 victory
  • Scored first Arsenal goal versus Sheffield United in a Carling Cup tie
  • Spent second half of 2009-10 season on loan at Bolton
  • Makes England debut versus Hungary in August 2010
  • Arsenal's most-used player in 2010-11 season

"There is only one way to show that and it is to commit your long-term future to the club."

Wilshere has come through the ranks at Arsenal and has already broken through into the senior England side.

He was an unused substitute in Arsenal's draw with Aston Villa on Saturday, with Wenger resting Wilshere after two games in quick succession, but he is expected to figure against Everton on Wednesday.

Wenger added: "We have quite a lot of British players. Like [Kieran] Gibbs, [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and, of course, we still have the case of [Theo] Walcott.

"You want them all on long-term contracts."

Walcott, who is out of contract in summer 2013, has yet to agree a new deal and Wenger said there was "no news" on that front.