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Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has revealed that he would have stayed at the club if Arsene Wenger hadn’t left, according to Goal.
The former England international left the Emirates during the summer after his contract expired. He had been given a new deal, but he refused to sign it as he has been told by new manager Unai Emery that he would not be guaranteed regular first team football.
Emery had been appointed after Arsene Wenger left the club, bringing an end to his 22-year reign as Arsenal’s manager.
Wilshere revealed that he would not have joined West Ham, had Wenger stayed, as the Frenchman would have ensured his place in the first team.
“If Arsene had stayed I would have stayed because of the influence he had in my career and the trust he had in me,” Wilshere told the Islington Gazette.
“He gave me the armband and respected me a lot. So, I had pretty much agreed to stay. And then he left and that changed things.
“Arsene had said to me previously ‘stay and fight your way back into the team’. Because I knew Arsene and knew he had trust in me, I knew I could do that and fight my way into the team.
“I knew that if I got myself fit and was training well that Arsene would put me in – and he did.
“But things were changing at the club and they were going into a new era and maybe it was time for me to leave as well.”
Wilshere hasn’t had the best of starts to life at West Ham, with an ankle injury hampering his impact so far. Arsenal in the other hand have won their last ten consecutive games this season after a slow start to the campaign.