It has now been confirmed that Jack Wilshere is indeed leaving Arsenal.
The 26 year old midfielder having found out that he doesn’t figure in new manager Unai Emery’s plans, so he’s accepted he has to leave if he is to play any kind of regular football.
Newcastle United have long been linked with the player as a possible destination for Wilshere but I can’t see it.
I doubt he would be interested and I certainly can’t see Jack Wilshere being a major asset to Newcastle United.
He looks a classic case of an English player with a little bit of ability, who is hyped up well beyond what he has actually shown, then due to playing for a big London club so much more is made of him than would be the case if he played elsewhere.
There was a lot of talk about how he could/should have made England’s World Cup squad and yet he only made 12 PL starts for an Arsenal side who by their own admission had a disappointing season (biggest disaster in the World if you listen to their fans).
Whilst bare statistics can’t tell you everything, for a midfielder playing in a very good Arsenal side scoring lots of goals every season, his record has to be seen as very disappointing.
In 2017/18 he got one Premier League goal and three assists, in 2016/17 (when on loan at Bournemouth) it was zero goals and two assists, 2015/16 (hardly played) it was none of each, 2014/15 it was two and one, 2013/14 it was three and four, 2012/13 he had no goals and three assists.
Looking at these figures I was staggered by just how poor they were, I didn’t rate Jack Wilshere highly and didn’t expect his record to be as great as you are led to believe, but apart from three goals and four assists in the PL in 2013/14 – which isn’t stunning either, it is a very average to poor record.
That season at Bournemouth raised big warning signs, playing for a season in a lesser team he totally failed to deliver, making 22 PL starts and five off the bench, he scored no goals and got only two assists. Eventually he struggled to even get a game.
Interesting to see where he ends up but I just hope it is not Newcastle.
After accepting he is leaving Arsenal, Jack Wilshere made this statement:
“I felt that I was ultimately left with little choice but to make the decision that I have due to purely footballing reasons.
“Such was my desire to stay that I had in fact recently agreed to sign a financially reduced contract in order to commit my future to the club.
“My intention throughout these discussions has always been to remain an Arsenal player. I have been on the books at Arsenal for 17 years and have always felt part of the fabric of the club.
“Following my meeting with the new manager I was made aware that although the reduced contract offer remained, it was made clear to me that my playing time would be significantly reduced should I decide to stay.
“I am sure everyone can understand that at this point in my life and career I need to be playing first-team football and following my meeting with Mr Emery I came away feeling that it would be very difficult for me to do so at Arsenal.
“Given this, I feel I have no option but to pursue other opportunities in order to progress my career on the pitch.”