The feeling that Jack Wilshere won’t be an Arsenal player for much longer is a weird one.
The midfielder has confirmed that he will leave the club he joined as a nine-year-old when his contract expires on July 1.
Wilshere spent 17 years at the club and many thought he would be a one-club man.
But the 26-year-old has been unable to agree a new deal to continue under new boss Unai Emery.
“It’s big news and I’m very sad to hear it, because he’s a good friend,” former Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud assessed.
“Jack is a good lad, a very good player, very talented and it is a shame he has had so many injuries.
“But he came back well last season and it was good to see him on the pitch, enjoying his game and being strong.”
What Ozil will do
It means Wilshere’s No.10 shirt is going to become vacant - and Mesut Ozil plans to ask for it.
The German playmaker currently wears 11 but, according to the Mirror, he has been advised from a marketing standpoint to grab the No.10, which he also wears for his national team.
It is thought that Ozil has always wanted to wear the No.10 shirt and now is his chance to get it.
Ozil was among the Arsenal teammates who has wished Wilshere well on social media.
“A true Gunner is leaving @Arsenal. Good luck on your next adventure bro 🙏🏼⚽ @JackWilshere,” the 29-year-old wrote.
Wilshere’s future remains unclear.
West Ham have made a lucrative offer to the midfielder and hope he is tempted to stay in London.
Everton and Wolves are also keen but it’s not just in England where interest lies.
Three Italian clubs - AC Milan, Juventus and Sampdoria - are all considering an approach.
Wilshere has battled injuries throughout his career but he proved last season that he can endure an entire campaign.
He made 38 appearances in all competitions, including 13 in Arsenal’s Europa League campaign.
He will prove to be a decent signing for any club.
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