Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has described how the exit of long-serving manager Arsene Wenger came as a shock last season, and how it directly impacted his decision to move away from the club this summer.
According to Wilshere, Arsenal had previously told him last year that he would not be offered a new deal following the conclusion of his current one. The 26-year-old had a difficult past few seasons with injury problems, and spent time on loan at Bournemouth in order to get back to playing regular competitive football.
“But at the time I was injured and it was difficult, because I wasn’t fit and I wasn’t playing, and not many teams wanted me injured.”
After managing to get back to fitness, however, Wilshere was offered the chance to stay longer at Arsenal in January – only for manager Wenger to be sacked and change the situation dramatically.
He added: “So I decided to stay and I got back into the team and they finally offered me a deal in January which was ready to sign, and then Arsene got sacked.
“It was strange, everyone was just shocked and Per Mertesacker, the captain, said a few words, and I think everyone was just in shock.
“He said you can stay, but you won’t be in my starting XI, so I thought it was the right time to finally leave.”
Wilshere joined fellow London club West Ham this summer.