It’s official - Jack Wilshere has departed the club and has now signed for West Ham United.
The self-confessed Gooner was left out of contract and an offer from West Ham allowed him far more playing time than staying on at Arsenal, so our beloved midfielder has moved across London - and the move is a perfect fit for him. He has signed a three year deal, and his relatively young age and hopefully the end of his fitness woes could see him bring back his halcyon days where he showed he was the bright hope for England’s midfield.
Wilshere is now 26 and the last couple of seasons have been a real disappointment for the midfield man. After injury woes looked to have curtailed his career, a loan move to Bournemouth looked to have given him the step up he needed to finally recapture some form, but indifferent displays and a minor injury eventually saw him dropped from the Cherries lineup - which is far from good enough for a player of Jack’s talents.
Returning to Arsenal and fighting for his place last season, Wilshere started as part of the second string, getting his gametime as part of our assault on the Europa League. He made 12 appearances in all during our run to the Semi-Finals, and a combination of injuries to players, rotation and some promising flashes saw Wilshere get the nod in the Premier League too.
He never managed to hit the high notes though, and flitted in and out of the side, kept out by Elneny, Ramsey and Xhaka. Poor passing and losing possession were creeping into his game, and by the end of the season, it was clear Wilshere had some way to go before nailing down a place.
So this move makes sense for him, although it hurts both our fanbase, and Jack. West Ham could do with a player of Jack’s skills, linking defence to attack with some slaloming runs and quick feet.
All that hinges on Jack regaining some semblance of form and a return to the England squad is fitness. If Wilshere can continue what he has shown over the last two seasons and string together a whole campaign without serious injury - and then ally it with some form - then the Hammers have got a hell of a player on their hands.
We will miss the tottenham-hating, twinkle-toed Gooner in our squad, but we wish him well. With Lucas Torreira impending, then Jack’s days as a Gunner were numbered.