Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has agreed with Gennaro Gattuso’s opinion that Jack Wilshere has “the technique of a Spanish player and the character of an English player”.
Wilshere’s contract expires this summer and he has been offered a new deal on reduced terms.
The England midfielder has dropped out of Gareth Southgate’s latest squad with a knee injury; he has not played for his country since Euro 2016.
Wenger said: “I can only reassure him that I want him to stay and we make him a proposal and after that we also have to accept that Jack is at an age where he will have offers from somewhere else.
“Personally, I have put my weight in for him to stay, I want him to stay and I think he’s an Arsenal man.
“Gattuso said that he’s got the technique of a Spanish player and the character of an English player and I think that’s well judged and that’s why you want him to stay.
“Jack has gone through situations where he’s been gone through long term injuries and you hope in the next three or four years he will be injury free and you’ll see the real Jack Wilshere.
“He went to the European Championship and, basically, he didn’t play. He came on a few times but Jack Wilshere in full power, full fitness is a regular player in the England national team.”
It is thought that Wilshere will miss out on this summer’s World Cup because of his recurring injury problems.
“I’ve got no reason to believe he won’t be back for their next game,” said Southgate this week.