Arsene Wenger has said that he is working hard to try and tie Jack Wilshere down to a new Arsenal deal beyond the end of the season.

Wenger working hard on star's deal

Wenger working hard on star's deal

The Gunners' chief has spoken out on the future of the 25-year-old England international midfielder, who is now inside the final five months of his current contract at the Emirates Stadium.

And, having successfully persuaded Mesut Ozil that his future remains with the north Londoners, Wenger is hopeful that Wilshere will follow suit and commit himself.

The Frenchman said: 'We try to make progress, as I told you that many times for Ozil. But you never believed me.

'I'm positive because I want him to stay. I do the maximum I can to make him happy.'

Meanwhile, Wenger is also looking to start contract negotiations with Wales international Aaron Ramsey, but there is more time on his side given that the midfielder has just under 18 months left on his deal.

He added: 'Aaron is a little bit different because he is less time-constraints than with Jack.

'With Jack it is now. With Aaron, if we lose two weeks or three weeks, it doesn’t matter much. I want him to stay as well, if he starts to score hat-tricks.'