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.”
Delighted to have officially signed for West Ham United! After speaking with the manager and those at the club I knew my future was at the London Stadium and I can’t wait to get going now. It’s well known that I come from a family of Hammers and it’s a special moment to sign for the club I used to go and watch as a boy. The West Ham fans are some of the very best and I am looking forward to giving everything I have to helping the team to bring success to you all. I’m excited for the future at this great club. Off to training camp and the hard work starts now. Come on you Irons! ⚒
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.