Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere left the Gunners after an association of over a decade with the club. He joined West Ham on free transfer and the England international recently revealed whom he spoke to first about leaving the club.
Wilshere says that he let Arsene Wenger know first about his decision of leaving the Gunners, as the former manager of the Arsenal was like a father figure to him. Wilshere was told by new manager Unai Emery that he can’t guarantee him regular game time, and that made the 26 year old leave the North London club.
“He was the biggest factor in my life at Arsenal,” says the midfielder. “When he left I wanted to see if he thought I should stay or leave and we had a few conversations. He said it was down to me and how I felt because only I could come to that decision. I thought it was only right that I told him first.”
Wilshere also indicated that things could have been different if Arsene Wenger was still at the helm and that may would have kept him at the North London club.
“The year before when Arsene said to me that I could leave the club, I knew Arsene, I knew he had trust in me and I knew that he would play me if I performed well in training. This year was different,” he added.
The midfielder though still has enough love and respect for his boyhood club, and says that it was the right time for him to leave, but he hopes that the club starts challenging for the title.
Speaking of his journey with the Hammers, the West Ham midfielder added that he is excited about his new surroundings and also hopes to have a brilliant season with his new club, heaping praises on Manuel Pellegrini, the Hammers new boss.