Arsenal fans are going to miss Jack Wilshere.
The midfielder is Arsenal through-and-through, and that was evident from his actions both on the pitch and off it.
Take the bus parade following the 2014 FA Cup final win, for example, in which Wilshere started a: ‘What do we think of Tottenham?’ chant.
It was that kind of behaviour that endeared Wilshere to Arsenal supporters and they want only the best for him after he confirmed his imminent departure from the north London club.
Wilshere has been unable to agree a new contract under new boss Unai Emery and will leave the club on July 1.
Wilshere’s approach was aggressive in his early days and he was even willing to take on Joey Barton.
The pair had a heated exchange on Twitter following Barton’s infamous clash with Gervinho, which resulted in the Ivorian receiving a red card, in Arsenal’s 0-0 draw against Newcastle United in 2011.
Wilshere v Barton
Wilshere has since deleted his tweets but they were noted at the time.
“I think @joey7barton was in the wrong today! He should not have got involved and assaulted Gervinho like that #justsaying,” Wilshere wrote.
“Maybe Gervinho should not have reacted like he did as two wrongs don’t make a right but Barton was unprofessional!”
Barton, whose tweets remain viewable, then responded to the Arsenal midfielder, writing: “@JackWilshere Nah, what about Song? Did u miss that?”
Barton was referring to an earlier incident in which Alex Song stamped on Barton.
Wilshere hit back: “@joey7barton that is a form of assault my friend it should not happen on a football pitch!”
Barton was bemused by Wilshere’s claim, saying: “@JackWilshere hardly assault??”
Wilshere was only 19-years-old at the time but it became apparent then that he would always stick up for his teammates.
As for Barton, he believes the clash might have cost him the chance of signing for Arsenal.
“There was definitely some low-level interest, and before I got sent off against Arsenal, when the thing with Gervinho happened, I was due to hold some form of discussions with them,” he told FourFourTwo in 2017.
“But then it never came to be.
“Would I have liked to have played for Arsenal? Of course. Who wouldn’t?”
Barton and Wilshere in the same dressing room? Yeah, that would not have ended well.
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