Arsenal academy graduate, Jack Wilshere has announced that he will be leaving the club when his contract expires at the Emirates Stadium this June.
The 26-year-old was famously known for his impressive performance for the Gunners against Barcelona during the UEFA Champions League final of 2008, and went on to make 197 appearances for the North Londoners.
Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger before departing confirmed that he is expecting Wilshere to sign a new contract with the Gunners, however, with the appointment of Unai Emery earlier this summer, Wilshere contract extension hopes hanged on thin rope as the new manager rumoured to build his team around Aaron Ramsey.
Confirming his departure Wilshere took to his Instagram page to write: “I felt that I was ultimately left with little choice but to make the decision that I have due to purely footballing reasons.
“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.
“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.
A meeting with Arsenal new manager, Emery all but confirmed that Jack Wilshere is not the manager plan for next season, as the England international claimed that his chances of playing in the first team of the North Londoner will be unusually reduced.
“Following my meeting with the new manager I was made aware that although the reduced contract offer remained, it was made clear to him 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 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.”
During his time at the Emirates Stadium Jack Wilshere had his ups and downs in his professional career with a number of injuries along with him, the England midfielder was able to help Arsenal win two FA Cups in 2014 and 2015 and played a pivotal role in defeating Manchester City 3-0 during the 2014 Community Shield at Wembley.
Following his impressive performance last season and Arsenal reaching the semi-finals of the Europa League as they lost to Atletico Madrid 2-1(on aggregate) who later won the European trophy.