"We know what we want", said Wenger. "We want him to stay", the coach told reporters on Thursday. "That's what we're trying to do".
"My memories go for over 12 years", he said of the England global, who joined from Southampton at the age of 16 in 2006. I remember he arrived at the age of 16 and went to the World Cup straight away.
"Because we have big players that are at the end of their contract and that is the first time that it happens, that we have such influential players close to the end of their contracts and it has been more destabilising than ever".
While that could be because he does not wish to lose him and Alexis Sanchez in the same window, it could equally be an indication that there remains a possibility of tying him down. "He's always welcome here".