Jack Wilshere finally opens up on Emery meeting that decided Arsenal exit!
West Ham United star Jack Wilshere insists he has ‘nothing but respect’ for new Arsenal boss Unai Emery, after they met for talks about his future at the club.
Wilshere finally ended months of speculation on his future last month by confirming he was leaving the club after seventeen years, as he could not agree to a new contract.
Emery informed Wilshere that he would not be a starter under his plans for the Gunners and the midfielder joined West Ham on a free transfer once his deal expired.
But despite being told he would only be a bit-part player at the club if he stayed, Wilshere insists there’s no bad blood between himself and Emery and says the Spaniard conducted himself brilliantly.
‘I have nothing but respect for him [Emery],’ said Wilshere on the Sun website.
‘We had a meeting and he told me that I was not going to play as much as I wanted.
‘So that was difficult for him and I thank him for that. He could have said: “Yes you are going to play”.
‘I’d have signed a contract and stayed and in a year’s time they’d have had to sell me,’ said Wilshere.
‘So, he was really honest with me and I thank him for that.
‘It was a decision based purely on football. The contract was still there.
‘After my conversation with the new manager, he made it clear I could still stay. But I felt it was the right time.’
Wilshere would surely prefer to still be at his boyhood club, but will now look to push on and try to get back to his best and maybe push for an England spot.