Jack Wilshere has finally left Arsenal to join his favourite club as a boy, moving across London to join West Ham just over a week ago, with just a few weeks to go before the start of the Premier League season, find the best football betting accumulator tips here.
Wilshere spent 17 years at Arsenal, joining the club at just nine years old, and during a successful career for club an country he also made 34 appearances for England, but sadly couldn’t break into Gareth Southgate’s squad for this summer’s World Cup in Russia.
Wilshere’s contract at Arsenal expired at the start of this month, and left for nothing, joining The Hammers on a three year deal.
Jack said after he’s signed:
“It feels good and of course my family and a few of my friends are West Ham fans so everyone’s buzzing. People will have seen the picture of me in a West Ham shirt and I’ve got good memories of my childhood supporting West Ham, watching them at Upton Park…”
West Ham’s Director of Football; Mario Husillos said on the transfer:
“Manuel (Pellegrini) and I identified him as a target as soon as we joined the club and we are delighted to have succeeded in securing Jack’s signature above a number of other teams…”
Wilshere made 197 first-team appearances for Arsenal and was part of both of the 2014 and 2015 FA Cup-winning sides. Following the FA Cup victory parade outside The Emirates Stadium, Jack added himself to Arsenal folklore with a cheeky chant off of the balcony to the Arsenal fans below. Check out the story here over on the Daily Star website.
It’s thought that the new Arsenal Manager Unai Emery told Wilshere that he was not going to be part of his first team plans, forcing the midfielder into seeking a move away from the club despite his season season in terms of appearances in an Arsenal shirt for around six years.
Jack will also be left disappointed with the shirt number ten being taken already, so has chosen the number 19 shirt, the age when he made his debut for Arsenal. Wilshere always played in the number ten shirt, which will now be taken over by Mesut Ozil who has always coveted Wilshere’s shirt since joining Arsenal back in 2013.
Good luck Jack in your new career at West Ham, thanks for all of the good times over the past few years, you’ll always be an Arsenal legend.