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Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has revealed he will be leaving the club when his contract expires at the end of June after talks with new manager Unai Emery, according to the Daily Star.
The 26-year-old who has been at Arsenal since he was nine years old will be leaving his boyhood club after 17 years, and took to his Instagram page to reveal why.
“I felt that I was ultimately left with little choice but to make the decision that I have due to purely footballing reasons.
“Such was my desire to stay that I had in fact recently agreed to sign a financially reduced contract in order to commit my future to the club”. He wrote.
“Following my meeting with the new manager I was made aware that although the reduced contract offer remained, it was made clear to me that my playing time would be significantly reduced should I decide to stay.
“I am sure everyone can understand that at this point in my life and career I need to be playing first-team football and following my meeting with Mr Emery I came away feeling that it would be very difficult for me to do so at Arsenal.
“Given this, I feel I have no option but to pursue other opportunities in order to progress my career on the pitch.”
Wilshere has made just 197 appearances since making his first team debut ten years ago, due to series of injuries, which ultimately led to this contract situation that is seeing him leave the club he has called home for the most part of his life.
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