The Gunners’ chief has spoken out on the future of the 25-year-old England international midfielder, who is now inside the final five months of his current contract at the Emirates Stadium.
And, having successfully persuaded Mesut Ozil that his future remains with the north Londoners, Wenger is hopeful that Wilshere will follow suit and commit himself.
The Frenchman said: “We try to make progress, as I told you that many times for Ozil. But you never believed me.
“I’m positive because I want him to stay. I do the maximum I can to make him happy.”
Meanwhile, Wenger is also looking to start contract negotiations with Wales international Aaron Ramsey, but there is more time on his side given that the midfielder has just under 18 months left on his deal.
He added: “Aaron is a little bit different because he is less time-constraints than with Jack.
“With Jack it is now. With Aaron, if we lose two weeks or three weeks, it doesn’t matter much. I want him to stay as well, if he starts to score hat-tricks.”
Uwe Rosler was sacked by Fleetwood following a 3-0 reverse at Doncaster which condemned Town to a seventh straight defeat in all competitions.
Cambridge interim head coach Joe Dunne was pleased with how his side adapted to beat Grimsby 3-1.
Southend manager Chris Powell led the applause for Jason Demetriou after the right-back scored twice in the 3-1 win against Portsmouth at Roots Hall.
Morecambe boss Jim Bentley was the happier manager after Gregg Wylde's 90th-minute strike earned his side a point in their 1-1 draw with Forest Green.
Manager Gareth Ainsworth described Wycombe's 2-0 win at Cheltenham as a thoroughly professional performance.
Skipper Richard Wood scored the winner just before half time as in-form Rotherham pulled off a 1-0 victory at League One leaders Shrewsbury.