Jack Wilshere confirms departure after 17 years with Arsenal

While everyone is busy at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, Jack Wilshere has announced that he will be leaving Arsenal when his deal expires at the end of June.

After spending 17 years with the club, Wilshere confirmed that he will not sign a new contract due to football reasons.

In his Instagram post, the 26-year-old explained that he is willing to take a pay cut to stay with the Gunners, whom he joined when he was a nine-year-old kid.

However, after his meeting with the new Arsenal coach Unai Emery, who took over from Arsene Wenger’s departure in May, he found out that his playing time will be reduced that left Wilshere to decline the offer and pursue other opportunities. (Don’t forget to check 12BET for the best Soccer Betting Tips)

According to the veteran midfielder, he needs to play regularly at this point of his career but Emery failed to give him assurances of regular playing time.

Below is the statement Wilshere wrote in his official Instagram account as his contract is going to expire in less than two weeks:

“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 art 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 Emirartes. 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. (Sign Up now for more updated sports news and events)

“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.”

Meanwhile, Wilshere have been linked already to different Premier clubs like Fulham, Crystal Palace, West Ham United Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers, as well as Serie A clubs Juventus, Sampdoria and AC Milan.

On the contrary, Arsenal thanked Wilshere for his contribution and fantastic memories with the club as the Gunners wished him a successful future following his decision.

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