Wilshere, who will miss the European Championships with an ankle injury, knows the importance of this weekâ€™s contract talks with captain Van Persie.
"Itâ€™s important we keep him," he said. "Everybody knows what he brings to the team and also in terms of his leadership qualities. I think getting third place (in the Premier League) will help us do that. I know there are contract talks this week and I hope we can keep him in the team."