After 17 years with Arsenal, Jack Wilshere’s contract expired on June 30th, making him a free agent.
The midfielder announced his intention to leave the club last month following unsatisfactory talks with new boss Unai Emery about his role in the team next season.
He said, “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 regular 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.”
Today it was announced that he has signed for fellow Londoners, West Ham, on a three-year contract.
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) July 9, 2018
There had been interest from clubs at home and abroad, but a move to the London Stadium looks, on paper at least, to be a decent fit for a player eager for regular football. He even grew up in a West Ham supporting family.
Speaking about his move, Wilshere told West Ham’s website: “I think it was a number of things, the manager [Manuel Pellegrini] being one and the way he wants to play and where he sees me playing.
“The fans, of course – everyone knows how big West Ham’s fanbase is – and especially in this new Stadium. Not many clubs could fill it week in, week out, and West Ham do.
“I want to be playing here in front of the Hammers, and my bond I’ve had with the Club over my childhood will make it even more special.”
I’m sure everyone would wish him well there, except for when we play them.