That’s the case even though the England midfielder is currently on loan at Bournemouth.

Wilshere was concerned by his lack of first-team football at the Emirates and opted for a temporary switch to prove himself.

But Wenger feels the 24-year-old still has a valuable role to play for the Gunners.

"I want him to extend, yes, I think [talks will start] around December," the Frenchman said.

"When I make a decision it is in the best interests of the player and of his interest as well."

Wilshere made his debut for Bournemouth as a substitute yesterday in the 1-0 win over West Brom.

The midfield maestro made just one appearance for the Gunners this season before making the deadline day switch to the south coast.