The long-running Jack Wilshere saga has finally come to an end, as the Englishman has signed on the dotted line for West Ham United. The Premier League outfit have been seeking Wilshere’s signature for a long time now, even going back to before his recent contract issues. When Unai Emery made it painfully obvious that Jack wouldn’t be featuring in his plans for the 2018/19 campaign he had no choice but to look elsewhere, and as it turns out, he didn’t need to look too far across London in order to find his new home.
The 26-year-old, who went off on loan to Bournemouth back in 2016, hasn’t really been viewed as the same driving force as he once was at the Emirates. While he’s still a Premier League player he doesn’t feel like the kind of person that Unai Emery wants or needs in central midfield, even though he seems to have rectified his many injury worries.
Wilshere will likely always be fondly remembered by Arsenal supporters, but it’ll be interesting to see how he fares upon returning to the Emirates this season. After all, he’s going to want to prove a point to the Spanish manager, showcasing why he not only wants to be considered a top player in the PL – but why he also wants to break his way back into the England squad.
Gareth Southgate has clearly been vindicated for his decision not to take Wilshere, with England currently preparing for a World Cup semi-final against Croatia tomorrow. For the time being, of course, his primary focus will be working his way up the ranks through domestic football, and it’ll certainly be ‘do or die’ with West Ham United.
They were always viewed as a team who wanted to force their way back into the top six and a place in the Europa League, and maybe the addition of Wilshere will give them that necessary boost.
At the same time, Unai Emery knows what kind of team he wants to put together, and we should put trust in the fact that there was clearly a logical reason behind Wilshere leaving. A lot of fans were on the fence about whether or not it was a good decision, and as we move forward, only time will tell.
Was the Wilshere transfer a good idea?