That’s right – don’t adjust your computer screens or whatever you’re reading this on. After ten years with the club, midfielder Jack Wilshere will be leaving Arsenal ahead of the new season. The 26-year-old’s future has been up in the air for months upon months now, and nobody was sure as to what the final conclusion would be. Alas, following a meeting with new boss Unai Emery, it seems as if Wilshere will not be featuring into the Spaniard’s plans throughout the 2018/19 season and beyond.
“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.”
These are just a handful of the quotes from Wilshere’s statement regarding his decision to leave the Emirates, as he goes in search of pastures new. Throughout the course of his tenure in North London, Wilshere has proven himself to be a committed member of the first team squad on more than one occasion. He won four trophies during his time there, and while injuries certainly hampered his ability to create any significant momentum, when he was on form, he was one of the most effective central midfielders in the Premier League.
The Englishman was expected to be selected for the England squad this summer as they take part in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and when he was left out, the shock amongst media members and fans told you all that you needed to know. Despite his reputation, he’s still held in extremely high regard by neutrals when it comes to his performances on the pitch, and beyond that, Arsenal fans will always hold a special place in their hearts for the man who was never afraid to show some love for the Gunners.
In our mind this isn’t goodbye for good, this is just goodbye for a little while. Thank you, Jack.
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