Wilshere to leave Arsenal

Jack Wilshere, who has previously been a target for Milan, Roma and Juventus, has announced he’ll leave Arsenal on a free transfer.

The English midfielder is out of contract at the end of this month, and despite rumours he would sign a new deal he has now confirmed he’ll leave the Emirates.

“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,” Wilshere wrote on Instagram.

“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…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.”

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