New Arsenal boss Unai Emery said Jack Wilshere came to the decision of ending his 17-year stay at the North London club after being told his playing time at Arsenal for the upcoming season was going to be “significantly reduced” due to “tactical and technical” reasons.
The 26-year-old England international revealed he even agreed to sign a financially reduced contract after several months of negotiations in order to commit his future to the club – and this remained when Emery succeeded Arsene Wenger as manager.
“It was a tactical, technical decision,” said Emery. “The conversation with Wilshere was a very good conversation. I explained to him my opinion and how I will want to create the team and not sure [I could] say to him he’s going to play in the XI.
“Also he explained to me the decision is not easy for him but he wanted to choose the best option for him. Every time it was with respect.
“I know this player is very important for the supporters, he grew up here with Arsenal. But I don’t give for him one post in the starting XI. It’s for that he chose to leave here and I respect this.”
Wilshere has since signed for Arsenal’s London rivals West Ham United on a 3-year deal.