After meeting with new Arsenal manager Unai Emery Jack Wilshire has made the painful decision to leave Arsenal – a club he has been with since 2001.
Jack has issued a statement which seems both heartfelt and professional and his decision is based purely on football reasons – he wants to play first-team football.
The manager told him he would get significantly reduced playing time at the Gunners so Jack has decided to leave the club as a free agent when his contract runs out in 10 days time.
Jack Wilshire – will finally leave Arsenal
He’s a free agent but is still not cheap with his wages being over £100K/week and it would be a surprise if Rafa is interested in signing Wilshire, who we expect to stay in London.
This is Jack Wilshere’s statement:
“I felt that I was ultimately left with little choice but to make the decision that I have due to purely footballing reasons.”
“Such was my desire to stay that I had in fact recently agreed to sign a financially reduced contract in order to commit my future to the club.”
“My intention throughout these discussions has always been to remain an Arsenal player.”
“I have been on the books at Arsenal for 17 years and have always felt part of the fabric of the club.”
“Following my meeting with the new manager I was made aware that although the reduced contract offer remained, it was made clear to me that my playing time would be significantly reduced should I decide to stay.”
“I am sure everyone can understand that at this point in my life and career I need to be playing first-team football.”
“And following my meeting with Mr Emery I came away feeling that it would be very difficult for me to do so at Arsenal.”
“Given this, I feel I have no option but to pursue other opportunities in order to progress my career on the pitch.”
West Ham and Crystal Palace are keen on the player but after playing all his football in London it would be a surprise if leaves the capital.
It’s still intriguing for Newcastle fans that Rafa could go after him.
But Wilshire has the same risk that Newcastle have if we sign Daniel Sturridge from Liverpool – his injury record is very poor.
On the other hand he’s still a class player and we’re sure Rafa could get the very best out of him at Newcastle.
What do you think?