West Ham signs Wilshere from Arsenal

Lynette Rowe
July 13, 2018

After it was made clear that he was not in the plans of new Arsenal manager Unai Emery, Wilshere began talking to clubs and, on Monday, he officially signed a three-year deal with the Hammers.

In a statement on the website Wilshere said, "It feels good, it feels special. It feels good and of course my family and a few of my friends are West Ham fans so everyone's buzzing".

The midfielder grew up supporting West Ham and while it would have presumably been a hard decision to end his 17-year association with Arsenal, moving on is what's best for his playing career.

Anderson was tempted to join West Ham by his fellow South American Manuel Pellegrini, who has wasted no time in building a new and exciting squad at the London Stadium.

"Jack Wilshere is a playmaker", Wenger said.

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West Ham finished 13th in their last campaign.

"I think it was a number of things", he confirmed, "the manager being one and the way he wants to play and where he sees me playing". Not many clubs could fill it week in, week out, and West Ham do.

Versatile attacker Felipe Anderson, meanwhile, has been a target of Manuel Pellegrini's since he took the West Ham job, and the deal finally appears to be gaining traction after previously reaching something of an impasse. "Jack is a player with vast experience and quality at the highest level, having played all of his career in the Premier League".

'I'm excited for the future at this great club. Wilshere's ten years at Arsenal only yielded in him making 125 appearances for the team and 197 overall in all competitions, owing to plenty of fitness and injury related problems.

Wenger, who is working as a pundit for beIN Sports during the World Cup, still hailed the midfielder as an "exceptional talent" and compared him to two of the biggest names in the game.

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