Jack Wilshere has revealed how the departure of Arsene Wenger has changed everything at the Arsenal, including his future. The midfielder left Arsenal this summer after 17 years with the Gunners, leaving at the end of his contract before exchanging the north of London with East London while making the move to West Ham. There had been much speculation about his future in the last few seasons, after a number of injuries and a loan period in Bournemouth, with his contract expiring in the summer. But Wilshere revealed that there was an agreement ready to be signed, prior to the announcement of Arsene Wenger's departure from Arsenal in the summer. Read more
And speaking to the BBC Football Focus program, he said he changed everything at Arsenal, even for him personally. "I was in the last year of my contract, and at the moment I talked to the manager, Arsene Wenger, and told me that they would not offer me a new deal and that I could leave.
Arsene Wenger talks with Jack Wilshere
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"But at the moment I got injured and it was difficult, because I was not fit and I was not playing, and not many teams wanted to hurt me." So I decided to stay and I went back to the team and they finally offered me an agreement in January that he was ready to sign, and then Arsene was fired. Read more
"It was strange, everyone was simply shocked and Per Mertesacker, the captain, said a few words, and I think everyone was shocked." It was strange. Nobody really saw it coming, but it changed everything and I wanted to wait to talk to the new manager. And I did, and he was brilliant, he was honest with me. "He said you can stay, but you will not be in my starting XI, so I thought it was the right time to finally leave. Keep up to date with the latest news, features and exclusives of football.london through freefootball. iPhone and Android Available for download from the App Store and Google Play.