'I was told I could leave' : Jack Wilshere

"It's obvious that neither Lucas nor any other player from the team can be happy with the situation".

The 27-year-old, also reportedly wanted by Chelsea, was close to joining the Red Devils from Cardiff City at the age of 17.

"I have always had the confidence in myself and felt that if I got in there I could put in the performances that would give me the opportunity to be back here with England", he said. "I follow Napoli a lot and is fighting against a team like Juventus".

"He's happy, he recently signed a new contract and he's playing regularly". It has not gone unnoticed that recent contracts - the extension for Mesut Özil, and new ones for signings Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January - have stretched Arsenal's wage structure into the realms of £300,000-per-week.

No stranger to injury, Jack Wilshere is set to miss England's friendly clash with the Netherlands on Friday after picking up a knee injury in training.

However, Liverpool face more competition as it looks like Pep Guardiola wants to take Wilshere to Manchester.

Having looked certain to miss the World Cup in Russian Federation this summer because of how unfavoured he was at Arsenal, it seems as if Wilshere is a shoe-in to start in midfield for England.

He has spent the whole of his professional career with Wenger's men, save a spell on loan at Watford, and has won three global caps for Spain. It wasn't until 45 minutes before kick-off when the boss said, "you are going to be captain".

These kinds of negotiations are becoming a common theme at the Emirates, with players knowing they can get far more money out of Arsenal since the board bumped up Mesut Ozil's salary to make him the club's highest earner.

"His professional career demanded that he moved, but his heart wanted him to stay".

  • Fernando Stephens