Jack Wilshere Confirms His 17 Year Stay at Arsenal is Over

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Jack Wilshere has confirmed, via a posting on his official verified Instagram account, his days with Arsenal are over. The English midfielder, who has been with the club since he was a boy, was a Gunner for 17 years. He had hoped to stay, and stated that he was willing to take a pay cut in order to do so, but it’s just not in the cards.

Wilshere has a contract that expires in two weeks, and he made it known that he will not be signing a new one with the north London club. Now that Unai Emery has taken over for Arsene Wenger as Arsenal manager, the rebuild and reconstruction is on, and it apparently doesn’t include Wilshere.

Emery is going to give Arsenal fans the gift of a midfield makeover this summer, with talk of Sampdoria’s Lucas Torreira potentially being the Gunners’ next signing after Bernd Leno. If you’re looking for a gift for the football fan in your life then you should Check this out, as it’s a great site for football supporters.

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Jack Wilshere wrote on his IG posting:

“I can confirm that I will be leaving Arsenal when my contract expires at the end of June. Following a number of extensive conversations with those at the club, and in particular a recent meeting with new manager Unai Emery, I felt that I was ultimately left with little choice but to make the decision that I have due to purely footballing reasons.

“As has widely been reported, I, along with my representative have been in talks with the club for a number of months with a view to signing a new contract to extend my stay at the Emirates.”

“My intention throughout these discussions has always been to remain and Arsenal player. I have been on the books at Arsenal for 17 years and have always felt part of the fabric of the club. Such was my desire to stay that I had in fact recently agreed to sign a financially reduced contract in order to commit my future to the club.

“However following my meeting with the new manager I was made aware that although the reduced contract offer remaining, 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 to do so at Arsenal.

“Given this, I feel I have no option but to pursue other opportunities in order to progress my career on the pitch.”

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Wilshere made 125 appearances for the Arsenal senior team, of which he’s been a part since 2008.

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