Arsene Wenger: Atletico Madrid clash "absolutely vital" for Arsenal

Arsene Wenger: Atletico Madrid clash

Arsene Wenger: Atletico Madrid clash "absolutely vital" for Arsenal

Arsene Wenger is confident Arsenal will be able to tie down Jack Wilshere to a new "long-term" contract.

Englishman Wilshere's current deal runs out in the summer and, despite an offer being on the table, the 26-year-old is yet to agree terms.

"I can not give you any news", the Arsenal boss said.

"Hopefully he can come back before the end of the season to make a check up to see if he can play again in the Premier League".

"We are Arsenal and we want to win football games". It's absolutely important we maintain that record at home. "That's the tendency, always, when you are successful - not to take many risks anymore and let's continue like that".

Wenger also revealed that Henrikh Mkhitaryan could return for the first leg of the Europa League semi-final against Atletico Madrid next week. "We have a big obstacle, a big hurdle in the semifinal".

With that in mind, Wenger is already planning for the visit of Atleti to the Emirates Stadium, telling a news conference: "I would say this weekend is a preparation for Thursday".

Cazorla has suffered a series of career threatening injuries and has had multiple operations, resulting in the loss of eight centimetres from the tendon in his right ankle. But his England pull-out during the last worldwide break does not bode well for his hopes of making the World Cup squad, or of landing the mega contract from the Gunners that he is clearly holding out for.

Wenger declared it "the worst I've ever known" in November, but suggests Cazorla is doing well on his long road to recovery.

"If you look at our numbers and how much people want to renew tickets for next season, I don't believe that we have a major problem". He won three Premier League titles and three FA Cups before moving to Juventus, Inter Milan and Manchester City where he won the FA Cup again in 2011.

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