Unai Emery has confirmed that Jack Wilshere took the decision to leave Arsenal after a conversation about the future tactical direction of the team.
Wilshere had been offered a contract extension by the Gunners, albeit on highly incentivised terms, but ultimately, fears about a lack of playing time were enough for him to call time on his 17-year association with the club.
Last week, the England international moved to West Ham on a three-year deal, while Emery set about rebuilding his midfield with the acquisition of two new players, Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi.
Asked about his chat with Wilshere, Emery revealed: “It was one decision, one private conversation and I want to respect that.
“It was a tactical, technical decision. The conversation with Wilshere was a very good conversation, very direct, together.
“I explained to him my opinion and how I wanted to create the team, and I couldn’t say for sure to him he was going to be in the 11 players.
“Also he explained to me the decision is not easy for him, but he wanted to choose the best option for him and every time it is with respect.
“I know this player here is important for the supporters and grew up here in Arsenal. But I don’t give him one post in the starting 11 and is for that he chose to leave here, and I respect also this.”
Wilshere has already jetted out for a pre-season training camp with the Hammers in West Ham and is expected to make his debut against Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday. At the same time, Emery will take charge of his first Arsenal game away at Boreham Wood.