Jack Wilshere puts Arsenal on hold


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Jack Wilshere says his focus is on keeping Bournemouth in the Premier League rather than his long-term future with parent club Arsenal.

The England international midfielder joined the Cherries on a season-long loan deal at the start of the campaign and his future at the Emirates Stadium has been the subject of speculation since.

Wilshere will have one year left to run on his Arsenal contract when his time with Bournemouth comes to an end but the 25-year-old says any decision on his next move can wait until the current campaign has come to an end.

Bournemouth are six points clear of the bottom three after a vital win over West Ham at the weekend and Wilshere stressed that for the time being his full focus is on keeping the club in the Premier League.

“I’ve got a year left at Arsenal. As soon as the season ends, I’ll sit down and I’ll think about it,” he said. “But my main concern at the moment is trying to keep Bournemouth in this league.

“No matter what happens next year – if I’m here, if I’m not, if I’m at Arsenal, whatever – you know no-one wants a relegation next to their name.

“You don’t want to be involved in a team that got relegated so that’s what we’re doing now, trying to put Bournemouth in a good position. “At the end of the season I’ll have a think about it.”

Bournemouth are 11.00 to be relegated ahead of a huge clash with relegation rivals Swansea at home on Saturday.

The Cherries are 2.25 to secure all three points, the Swans can be backed at 3.10 and the draw outcome is 3.25.

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