Jack Wilshere has hinted that his time at Arsenal is coming to an end with a post on Instagram in which he speaks about a ‘new chapter’.
The 26 year old use a picture of him and his kids taken on the day of the Burnley game, the midfielder sporting a ‘Merci Arsene’ t-shirt.
Of course he could be talking about a new chapter at Arsenal under new head coach Unai Emery, but it seems more likely that he will leave on a free when his contract expires at the end of next month.
Arsene Wenger seemed confident that Wilshere would sign new terms, and there were reports of an improved offer, but all that was before the departure of the Frenchman after 22 years in charge.
New man Emery may well fancy something different in his midfield, and for the player himself it may well be a good time to move on.
He can sign a big contract at another club, the Bosman ruling means he can get a signing on fee paid across the length of his contract, providing real financial security, as well as a better chance of regular first team football.
Midfield is a key area of investment for the club this summer, and with other options in the squad that might suit Emery’s style of football better, this could be the end of a long-term relationship between academy graduate Wilshere and Arsenal.
Let’s see what happens.