Arsenal new manager Unai Emery has made it clear that he couldn’t guarantee English midfielder Jack Wilshere a starting role at the Emirates Stadium.
Wilshere left the Gunners on July 9 after a 17-year association with the North London and has joined London rivals West Ham United.
Emery has explained that the departure of the midfielder, was not because of his injury record, but because of tactical and technical reasons.
“It was a tactical, technical decision. The conversation with Wilshere was a very good conversation,” said Emery.
“I explained to him my opinion and how I wanted to create the team and I said to him I was unsure if he is going to play in the 11 players.”
“I know this player is important for the supporters and grew up here in Arsenal, but I don’t give him a place in the starting 11 and it is for that reason he chose to leave here and I respect this.”
The 26-year-old, who missed out on a place in England squad for the World Cup, has made only 25 Premier League appearances in his last three seasons at Emirates.