Jack Wilshere remains one of modern football’s greatest enigmas.
After yet another injury-plagued season last term that also featured him being loaned to Bournemouth, it seemed his Arsenal career was at an end.
However, this campaign the 25-year-old has shown glimpses of teenage self with some impressive performances for the Gunners in the Europa League.
Wilshere remains popular with the fans who are hoping he signs a new contract with the club amid speculation of his departure.
His current £90,000-a-week deal expires at the end of this season and a number of clubs have expressed interest in signing the former boy wonder.
And few clubs appear keener than Real Betis.
The La Liga club enquired about Wilshere’s situation last summer and are reportedly preparing to reiterate their interest in January.
An immediate deal and a pre-contract are both options once the winter transfer window opens though Wilshere himself would prefer to stay at the Emirates.
Speaking about Wilshere’s standing, Arsene Wenger said: “Jack’s situation will be decided in December. I want to give him the first six months of the season not to think about that and then see where we go from there.
“We need to clear things up before the transfer window arrives. At the moment Jack is a little bit in conflict with Mesut Ozil in the position he plays. But ideally we want to keep both of them.”
Real Betis have arguably been the most entertaining team in La Liga this season.
Only Barcelona and Valencia have scored more goals than Quique Setien’s men and only three clubs have conceded fewer.
Currently sitting in 8th place, they beat Real Madrid back in September, drew 4-4 with the equally entertaining Real Sociedad, before losing 6-3 to Valencia the game after.
Betis have been playing some free-flowing, pass-heavy football this season — a philosophy in line with Jack Wilshere’s style.
West Ham have also expressed interest though the Gunners would prefer to sell to a foreign team if they are forced to offload.