Wow, Arsenal fans have received good news and bad news at the same time today as Jack Wilshere has just confirmed that he will be leaving the Emirates Stadium at the end of his contract which expires in a few days time.
The midfielder has made headlines for the past few months with many reports claiming that he had refused to sign a new deal which the club had offered him but all that is in the past after he released a very long statement of why he made this decision to leave the gunners, he posted it on Facebook on his official Facebook page.
JACK WILSHERE’S FULL STATEMENT ABOUT HIS DEPARTURE FROM ARSENAL
I can confirm that I will be leaving Arsenal Football Club 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 the 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 the view to signing a new contract to extend my stay at the Emirates.
My intention throughout these discussions has always been to remain an 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 remained, 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 for me 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.
I have experienced some incredible times at Arsenal and have met friends that will last a lifetime. I leave with memories that will stay with me forever from my time at the club. From making my debut at such a young age, to playing in the Champions League and of course winning two FA Cups in consecutive seasons, there are just too many highlights to mention.
There will be the opportunity to talk properly when the time is right but for now I would just like to thank everyone at the club for everything over the past 17 years, in particular Arsene Wenger and his staff, all of my teammates over the years, everyone at the Academy for helping me to fulfil my dream and of course the fans, who I have always shared such a special relationship with. I will never be able to truly repay the love, faith and belief that the fans have always shown in me. It’s meant so much to me and my family over the years and I hope you are able to celebrate the success you deserve in the coming years. Thank you.
I would like to place on record my respect for Mr Emery and my appreciation for his honesty and candor, and I wish him, the team and the club all the very best for the future.
I’m feeling fit, sharp and strong and will be working tirelessly to ensure I am in peak condition ahead of the new season.
I’ll now be taking the time necessary to consider my options before deciding on the next stage of my career.
According to the statement by the English international, the player leaves the club because new manager Unai Emery told him that he wasn’t going to have much playing time at the club where he has spent almost a decade.
Jack Wilshere did not show the club he will be going to but he says that he will be considering his options in the coming weeks as he prepares for a new chapter in his life away from Arsenal.