Jack Wilshere makes honest admission over Arsenal exit under Unai Emery

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Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has admitted that he should never have left the club to join West Ham United in 2018.

The former England international departed the Emirates Stadium three seasons ago after enduring a few frustrating campaigns – including a year spent on-loan with Bournemouth.

Arsenal’s youngest-ever debutant at the time of his first outing for the club, it was a dramatic fall for Wilshere, who had shown immense promise during his formative years in north London.

Since leaving the Gunners for West Ham, Wilshere’s career has really failed to kick-on, having also been released by the Hammers, whilst a short spell back with Bournemouth last season also ended with the midfielder being without a club.

The now 29-year-old remains unattached and has admitted that he holds regrets over leaving his boyhood club for pastures new and says that his decision probably came to soon.

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Talking in an interview with The Athletic, he said: “Honestly, I should have never left. That’s nothing against West Ham — it could have been anyone — but I shouldn’t have left Arsenal.

“I had a conversation with Arsene [Wenger] when I came back from Bournemouth. He said: ‘Look, you can leave. You’re not going to get a new contract here.’ Knowing Arsene the way I knew him and how much he rated me as a footballer, I knew if I got myself fit there were lots of games and I could get myself into that team.

“I wish I had that same mentality when I sat down with [Unai] Emery and he said: ‘Look, there’s a contract on the table but you’re not in my starting XI.’

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“I remember walking out angry, because I thought I was going to play — I proved myself the year before. I probably made a few rash decisions. I rang my agent and said: ‘That’s it, we need to leave.’ I should have taken a few days, calmed down and thought to myself again: ‘I look around this midfield and back myself to get in’.”

In all, Wilshere made 197 appearances for Arsenal over an 11-year-spell having had a number of campaigns hampered by injury.

Since his departure, he has made just a further 36 outings for West Ham and Bournemouth combined.

Source by Football London

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