Jack Wilshere has been talking recently about his departure from Arsenal, claiming that had Arsene Wenger stayed at The Emirates then he would also have remained at the club, with a lot of fans commenting on how glad they are that the injury-prone midfielder isn’t on their payroll anymore.
Jack Wilshere said he would not have joined West Ham had it not been for the departure of Arsene Wenger from Arsenal…
"If Arsene had stayed I would have stayed because of the influence he had in my career and the trust he had in me." pic.twitter.com/KH70KZelU3
— AFTV (@AFTVMedia) October 22, 2018
Wilshere had the potential to be an England and Arsenal captain and many believed he would be the natural heir to Cesc Fabregas throne when he came off age. However, injuries have plagued the 26-year-old to the point where he was forced to leave The Emirates on a free transfer, with West Ham opting to take a chance on the midfielder. So far, that gamble hasn’t paid off for the Hammers and Wilshere is currently sidelined with an ankle injury.
Arsene Wenger promoted Wilshere from the U18s to the senior squad in 2008 as a young kid who he believed could go far in the game. Ten years later and all that gets mentioned in regard to Wilshere is what-ifs. In ten years with the senior squad, he was loaned out twice, to Bolton and Bournemouth, and made under 200 appearances for the Gunners. The fans expected a lot more from Wilshere and now that he’s gone they’ve moved on and will want him to do the same.
You can read The Gunners’ verdict on Wilshere’s comments here:
That’s why we had too many players that didn’t deserve to be at Arsenal spending years at the club like legends. He trusted them too much but they let him down
— Shawn Sibamba (@Shizneet) October 22, 2018
Thank God Wenger is gone cos he allowed this for too long, love Jack but I said it before he left because he didn't want to fight for his spot and just thought he could walk into the squad, sorry dude not anymore
— MK – The Rage Lord (@AnarchistRaver) October 22, 2018
And that was the problem. Wenger kept believing in average players, thinking they’d reach a potential that was never there.
— B Muñoz (@BreiOfficial) October 22, 2018
Why’s jack talking like he had a choice?
— H (@Haryxr) 22 October 2018
At West Ham your already injured … So what’s the benefit of keeping you at arsenal?
— Ngosa (@Ngosa14) 22 October 2018
Thank God they both left
— BADAL’S WORLD (@BadalSonawane) 22 October 2018
Why is he STILL talking about us? Move on Jack. We have
— GoonerGirl (@Gooner8Girl) October 22, 2018
The Gunners will be keen for Wilshere to stop talking about Arsenal and go back to focusing on his recovery at West Ham.