Former Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has warned Unai Emery that losing Jack Wilshere will be a huge blow, and that he will be held responsible when the decision proves to be an error.
Wilshere joined the club whilst he was still in Primary school, and spent 17 years with the club from the academy up through to the senior side, but has revealed that he will be leaving at the end of his contract next week.
His destination is yet to be confirmed, but Giroud has already expressed his disagreement with the decision.
The now Chelsea goalscorer said: ‘It’s big news and I’m very sad to hear it, because he’s a good friend.
‘Jack is a good lad, a very good player, very talented and it is a shame he has had so many injuries.
‘But he came back well last season and it was good to see him on the pitch, enjoying his game and being strong.
‘It’s a big loss and I hope he will bounce back as soon as possible at a good club.
‘I wish him the very best because I appreciate him. I hope for him and his family he will bounce back. ‘The new manager makes the decision and he has the responsibility for the team and the player.’
Emery is now being linked with a number of replacements to come in his place, with the likes of Ever Banega, Steven N’Zonzi, Stanislav Lobotka, Lucas Torreira, but which of these should we most strongly pursue?
Which midfielder is best to replace Wilshere in Gunners midfield?
- Lucas Torreira (55%, 222 Votes)
- Steven N'Zonzi (18%, 73 Votes)
- Other (12%, 50 Votes)
- Ever Banega (12%, 48 Votes)
- Lobotka (2%, 10 Votes)
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