Even considering the fact he was coming off the back of a couple of injury-ravaged campaigns, Jack Wilshere's deadline day loan move to Bournemouth still surprised a lot of people.
After returning from a serious knee injury to take his place in England's Euro 2016 squad, the combative midfielder was hopeful he could force his way back into Arsene Wenger's first-team plans for the 2016/17 campaign.
Those hopes were officially extinguished with his loan to the south coast on August 31. However, now just over two months into his spell with the Cherries, Wilshere has revealed the exact moment he himself knew he'd have to leave the Emirates.
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Arsenal fans hoping to see the 24-year-old return to north London after his spell at Bournemouth will be happy to hear that it wasn't anything Wilshere experienced within the club that sent him on the way to Eddie Howe's team.
Instead, it was a snub from a man who has since been made unemployed that set alarm bells ringing.
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"When the England squad was announced and I wasn't in it, it hurt me," Wilshere explained in an interview with Sky Sports relayed by the Mirror.
"I want to be part of the England squad. I feel like I'm good enough, I can make a difference in the team and when I was left out, it sparked something in me.
"I thought 'I need a change. I need to be part of a team where I'm going to play week in, week out, be an important member of the team and make a difference'."
Credit where it is due. Wilshere could easily have accepted his England snub and carried on as normal in the hope that, despite a stacked Arsenal midfield, he could eventually restore his reputation.
Instead, the midfielder was proactive and sought out a move that would allow him to get straight back into regular action.
And, whilst he hasn't pulled up any trees so far at Bournemouth, the very fact that he has managed to remain fit and in action every weekend is a positive step as he looks to rebuild his career.
"The player I am and the character I am, to get the best out of me I need to feel responsibility and be part of a team that needs me, so that's the main reason I came - to play football and prove to everyone I can play week in, week out.
"My body can take it and at the moment, I'm feeling good and it looks like a good decision."
Only time will tell whether Wilshere has a future at Arsenal. One thing you can't accuse the midfielder of doing, though, is being happy to sit on the bench.