Danny Welbeck has backed Jack Wilshere to move to the next level now that he’s leaving Arsenal.
The 26-year-old midfielder released an emotional statement via social media on Tuesday evening outlining the reasons for his departure after 17 years at the club.
If reports are to be believed, a host of suitors have already lined up to sign the England international on a free transfer with the likes of West Ham, Everton, Wolves, Juventus and AC Milan all possible destinations.
Facing the media at England’s training camp in Russia, Welbeck admitted that he’ll miss having Wilshere around at London Colney.
“I’m still going to be very close to him even though I won’t see him every day,” he said.
“Things change so quickly in football and I’m sure he’ll be missed, particularly by the fans.
“Jack’s contract was coming to an end, the contract was there for him to sign but he’s decided it’s best for him to leave and he feels like it’s come to a time where he’s made that decision and has to move on.
“He’s got to be positive with it, grasp the opportunity with two hands and keep improving and take himself to the next level.”