New Arsenal manager Unai Emery has revealed that he decided to allow Jack Wilshere to leave the club with doubts as to whether the midfielder would suit his philosophy.
The 26-year-old joined West Ham United on a free transfer earlier this month after his contract with the Gunners expired.
The former Paris Saint-Germain coach claims that following a meeting with Wilshere, the player decided to leave the club at the end of his contract.
“I was unsure if he is going to play”
Wilshere’s 17-year-stay with the Gunners was plagued by injury and following the club’s disappointing campaign last season, he decided against staying at the Emirates.
During the 2017/2018 season, Wilshere managed just two goals and seven assists in 40 appearances which saw him miss out on World Cup selection with England.
The departure of Arsene Wenger also influenced his decision to leave, with the player not in the plans of the new manager.
The midfielder discussed his future with the new Spanish manager and the two decided that the best decision was for him to leave.
“It was a tactical, technical decision.
“The conversation with Wilshere was a very good conversation, very directly together.
“I explained to him my opinion and how I wanted to create the team and that I said to him I was unsure if he is going to play in the 11 players.
“He explained to me the decision is not easy for him but he wanted to chose the best option for him and every time it is with respect.
“I know this player here is important for the supporters and grew up here in Arsenal but I don’t give him one place in the starting 11 and it is for that (reason) he choose to leave here and I respect also this.”