Unai Emery had many tasks to carry out when he became Arsenal manager, and one was the future of Jack Wilshere.
The midfielder has been part of the club fold for the past 17 years, but injury problems have hampered his progress.
After spending the 2016-17 season on loan at Bournemouth, Wilshere eventually forced his way back into contention at the Gunners, but he did not do enough to warrant a regular first-team spot.
In an Instagram post on Tuesday night, the 26-year-old confirmed that he will be leaving Arsenal when his contract expires next month.
The England international, who missed out on a place in the squad for the World Cup in Russia, admitted that he felt he had “little choice” but to walk away.
Wilshere revealed that discussions with new boss Emery ultimately led to his decision as he learned that he would not be getting regular first-team action this season.
Plenty of Arsenal fans were keen for the midfielder to stay put, but after the player’s confirmation, some are backing Emery, while others are angry at the coach.
— RED NORTH LONDON!! (@PWESHORSE) June 20, 2018
Sad to hear Jack Wilshere is leaving #AFC. Perhaps he should stay and show Emery he deserves more playing time than he has reportedly been told he can expect.
— Kevan Enticott (@KevanEnticott) June 20, 2018
— Valentin Boulan (@valentinboulan) June 20, 2018
For me it is no surprise that Jack Wilshere is leaving Arsenal . As Emery was well prepared in his interview about alll Arsenal players . Wilshere’s stats will not have escaped him 14 goals in 150 appearances . All good things come to an end #AFC #afc #Wilshere #Arsenal #arsenal
— James Rowe (@JamesRoweNL) June 20, 2018
— Sujay Khosh (@sujaykhosh) June 20, 2018
This is sad. Jack Wilshere is one of the best players at Arsenal, why do this to him. Unai Emery better justify this forced departure of Wilshere by producing results next season failure to which #EmeryOUT will be activated. #afc https://t.co/EvqNPVI1Yf
— Ignatius (@iggymaz) June 20, 2018
Gutted Wilshere is leaving the club. Don’t agree with the decision that if he stayed, his playing time would be cut. That man has battled with injuries not to be a part time feature. Emery first mistake. All the best to Jack in his future! #AFC #OnceAGoonerAlwaysAGooner
— A Town Called James (@JamesEightyFive) June 19, 2018
– Emery’s coaching staff announced;
– Leno’s transfer finalised;
– Wilshere’s departure confirmed.
A great day to be an Arsenal fan ?#AFC
— Noir Confidential (@Noir_Con) June 19, 2018
Happy with most of the signings Emery is doing but the departure of @JackWilshere is really sad! Should have given him more time. An epic and talented player! I wish you all the best jack and thank you for everything!! #afc #gooner #arsenal #wilshere
— MuS (@sm1_u) June 19, 2018