Jack Wilshere’s time at Arsenal has come to an end after the 26-year-old midfielder revealed he wouldn’t be signing a new contract with the club he has spent his whole career at.
In a heartfelt message to fans on Instagram, Wilshere revealed that he had wanted to stay at Arsenal and was prepared to sign a contract with a reduced salary.
However, he also said that after talks with Unai Emery, it appeared that he wouldn’t be guaranteed a starting place in the team and that his game-time would be in jeopardy.
Wilshere said he still wants to play and that he will now consider the next step in his career.
Manuel Pellegrini must get on the phone and ensure that’s with West Ham.
He’s already reportedly said that Wilshere is a top summer target and that he will build his team around him next season.
Now it’s time to follow through on that promise and bring the hugely talented play maker to the London Stadium.
Pellegrini is busy building a new, young, attacking squad to completely revolutionise the West Ham team after a disappointing 17/18 season.
Someone like Wilshere would be perfect to gel the team together and provide the experience and know-how to unlock the tightest of Premier League defences.
He’s made 198 appearances for Arsenal and has won 34 caps, and was once seen as the future of English football.
His career has suffered with injuries but he proved last season that he can stay fit and showed glimpses of getting back to his terrifying best.
On a free transfer he could prove to be one of the bargains of the summer and his wages – which should be around the £100k-£130k mark wouldn’t be a problem for West Ham.
We’d expect things to move pretty quickly after the announcement from Wilshere and Arsenal and there’s going to be no shortage of clubs after his signature.
He’s settled in London and that gives certain clubs an advantage, and Pellegrini must move fast and bring Wilshere to the London Stadium as soon as possible.
In other West Ham transfer news, they are lining up a move for a Manchester United defender.