The long-time Gunner Jack Wilshere decided to leave Arsenal after Unai Emery refused to give him any guarantees on playing time next season if he signed an extension, which would also be dependent on him retaining his fitness and actually being fit enough to play.
I am sure that the Hammers are likely to also include such caveats in any contract given to him, as the Times reported this morning,…..
Jack Wilshere has started a medical to try to complete a move to West Ham United.
The former Arsenal midfielder, who is now a free agent, is thought to have been offered a three-year contract in a package worth £5 million a year and could play his first game for his new club in a friendly away to Wycombe Wanderers a week today.
Manuel Pellegrini, the new West Ham manager, has pushed to sign Wilshere despite some concern inside the club about the player’s record of serious injuries. He would become the fourth new signing this summer.
I am certain that West Ham will give him a rigorous medical that could go on for some time. His problems are well known in the football world, and he wasn’t helped by Gareth Southgate sending him back to Arsenal and revealing that he suffers from ‘tendinopathy’ which is a very chronic case of tendonitis and needs to be controlled regularly. This is something that can flare up at any time and with Jack’s bad luck it would be little surprise if it affected him this week….
I feel really sorry for Jack as he had such promise as a young man, but was blatantly overplayed by Wenger at too young an age. I hope that everything goes well and we will see him in action again, without any more problems, for the next few years. His early talent deserves it….