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.”

  • Wor Lass

    When fully match fit, he`s a good player but he`s definitely a sick note. He also comes across as a bit of a “do-you-know-who-I-am?” sort of person. I imagine he`ll go to a London club on bigger wages than he`ll get at Newcastle – hopefully.

    • TheNutJob

      the Fat Gringo loves free transfers but not the 120 grand a week this guy wants.

      • MetalMickey

        £0 transfer but £120k per week, I’d rather have Dost!
        Never rated Wilshere, a modicum of talent but not at the level of Jonjo. Similar stats, but put an actual striker on the end of Jonjo’s passes and that figure would multiply a hell of a lot.

      • Geordieguy

        Exactly. Michael fatley wouldn’t pay those kind of wages. Total non-starter

        • Kneebotherm8

          I’m just imagining him doing the Riverdance……..he’d skittle the cast….😂😂

    • Rich Lawson

      Agree,none of the big boys will want him but West Ham or Palace ?

  • Geordiegiants

    Another Andy Carrol, an excellent player made of glass.

    • TheNutJob

      you got that 100 quid on Mighty Mitro to score 1st on Friday

      • Geordiegiants

        Had £100 on Battash yesterday at Ascot. That never came off to well, I think I’ll have to get it back somehow. 🤣😂

  • TheNutJob

    nice sunny day here on the banks of the Tyne.
    😎 🌞

    • Geordiegiants

      It’s better than the sunshine of Syria apparently. 😬

  • Paul Patterson

    Let Crystal Palace or Watford have him. A part time footballer.

  • DZA

    Jack off to Everton looks like this was agreed a month ago rumours are.

  • Anita kick up the Hoop

    He’s a very very good footballer.. he would be perfect in our side .. it’s amazing to see some people’s views on a player who’s head and shoulders above anything in our squad.

    • Paul Patterson

      I’d rather have an decent player who plays more often.

      • Anita kick up the Hoop

        Maybe he’s finally over his injuries.. a stringent medical would be a good ideal

  • Mrkgw

    This regime won’t sign estsblished names. They would rather speculate – football is to them, another roulette wheel.

  • Wilshere is likely to stay in London and perhaps sign for West Ham.
    We were looking at a loan deal last year, don’t think we can match West Ham wages.

  • GToon

    Yeah right, like that little chav could come up with anything like a statement like that!

    • Tim Boddy

      He’s not a little chav. He’s a nice bloke. Why are you judging someone you don’t know?

      • Elvin Burdon

        And you do?

        • Tim Boddy

          Yes, I do. He lives round the corner from me in London. He’s a cracking guy who does loads for the local community. But yeah, let’s just call the guy a chav for no reason, eh?