Well Arsenal fans, it now turns out that Arsene Wenger’s squad purge which saw quite a few of the Arsenal fringe players leave the Emirates during the summer transfer window could have been even larger, but our England international midfield star Jack Wilshere turned down the chance to leave Arsenal on transfer deadline day despite being offered a hefty pay packet of around £90,000 a week according to a report by The Mirror.
The reason that Wilshere turned down this generous sounding offer, according to the paper, is that it came from Harry Redknapp at Birmingham City and the injury plagued 25-year old did not fancy a drop down in divisions at this stage in his playing career.
I can understand this, in a way, and maybe he also thought that playing in the Championship might increase his chances of being on the end of another crunching tackle which could see him put out of action once again. That would be the last thing he needs, but at the same time he could really do with regular game time and competitive game time at that.
Will he get that with Arsenal I wonder? Is the reason he turned this transfer down due to his ambition and belief he can shine for Arsenal again? Or is he simply happy to get a better wage at Arsenal without playing much?