Jack Wilshere leaving Arsenal – To Crystal Palace or West Ham?

This must be one of the longest ever will-he/won’t-he sagas in Arsenal’s history as the question of whether Jack Wilshere will still be playing for us next season has been rumbling from before the beginning of last season.

But it now seems very clear that he has decided to leave after talking to Unai Emery and not being given assurances about playing time next season. Jack then posted this on Instagram….

That seems pretty clear, and it has now emerged that Crystal Palace are the new favourites to sign him as he has always been admired by Roy Hodgson, although most pundits have been predicting a move to West Ham. In fact Paul Mariner thinks that it would be good for him to leave Arsenal. “He needs to get a new challenge, it’s too comfortable at Arsenal,” Mariner told ESPN. “I think if he goes to West Ham, they will ask some serious questions, new manager in there.

“I’d like to see Jack going, I’d like to see him go to a new club. I think at West Ham they’re in a bit of a rebuild phase, new manager comes in. Get yourself out there Jack and show everybody what you’ve got.

“It seems to me that he’s been waiting for some negotiations to speak to the new manager about his contract. It seemingly has not been forthcoming. Would this be a good move? I’ve said on ESPN FC for a long, long time that he needs a change of scenery.”

To be honest, if Ramsey stays and with the new competition from Maitland-Niles who has been praised by Emery, then I can’t see Wilshere getting much game time at all except back in the Europa League side. And I can’t see him being happy with that.

So should he go with Pellegrini at the Hammers or work under Roy Hodgson at the Palace?



  1. gotanidea says:

    He better joins West Ham, because Pellegrini used to work well with English players at Man City and his team is always very good technically

    Bye Wilshere. Now it’s between Ozil, Ramsey and Elneny, since Xhaka is staying, Mkhitaryan just joined and Torreira is coming

    1. Remember Resource? says:

      moley called this while ago…palace it is

      1. RSH says:

        haha, isn’t that the same guy who said Wilshere WOULD stay?? He’s a proven fraud.

  2. Xxnofx says:

    A fully fit jack is still miles ahead of Ramsey and xhaka ,but that’s his problem so maybe it would be best for him to move on and I do wish him well .we don’t seem to have much luck in that midfield area ,if only we had Diaby and Santi full y fit over the years ,rather than have to watch players like flammini ,delnison, Ramsey,xhaka ,song,countless others .thats one position that needed to be addressed but it never was .

    1. Phil says:

      Good point that regarding injured Midfielders-Diaby Cazorla Wilshere AND Rosicky.A fully fit Four of them right now would be just what is needed.

  3. Phil says:

    In regards Wilshere-No top half Clubs have come in for him so that really shows just how far he has fallen.Its no great surprise and it’s a great pity injuries held him back for too long too often.But this is no time to be sentimental and as a Club we just cannot afford to carry anyone.I wouldn’t mind having in the bank the wages the club paid these players while not fit to play.I accept injuries can happen to anyone at anytime but we simply cannot go into this season carrying a Jack Wilshere who may or may not keep himself free of injury and may or may not improve enough to warrant a regular starting spot in the first team.
    Saying that I wish him the best and can see hin off to Everton (for the money)or West Ham as it’s his boyhood club.

  4. Dan says:

    No loss will never recapture the form he showed before injuries hit him will just be a average player great shame had so much potential and is arsenal through and through but wish him well wherever he goes!!

  5. Sue says:

    I saw an article on Arsenal news now saying could he follow Sanchez to Man United???

    1. With Fred, Pogba, Herrera and Mata all fighting for a position in midfield, Wilshere will find his chances even more limited. Most importantly, Man utd has no patience with injured players even the great Zlatan Ibrahimovic had his contract terminated once he suffered a long term injury. Looking at the very generous contract we have offered Wilshere, he will be a fool to reject it. 90k basic plus 65k based on appearance. He knows he gets injured all the time so why would he find such an offer not reasonable? Unless he plans on collecting free wages and that is why he is reluctant to sign the very reasonable deal. To hell with him anyway I see nothing special he offers that is irreplaceable.

      1. Sue says:

        So he’d be better off going to a ‘lesser’ team then, at least he’d play week in week out, probably wouldn’t get paid as much, but it’s not all about the money ?….. or is it?!!

        1. Simon Williams says:


          Have huge respect for Jack. He’s so close to greatness, never quite got there.

          Wish him all the best!

          Hope he fulfills he’s potential even if for another team.

          1. Hackinubee says:

            Lol, a 26 yr old yet to really do anything for the club since his performance against Barcelona, let him leave, the level of the teams he’s linked to shows his level

      2. jon fox says:

        It is fantasy to even remotely consider he will end up at Man Utd. Mourinho, in stark contrast to Wenger, is not a soft hearted and too kind manager who keeps underachieving and often injured players at his clubs for year after year. That is why Mourinho wins so many titles, wherever he goes. I dislike him as much as any other GOONER . but the realist in me also admires the fact that he puts winning matches above the happiness of extremely well paid players. And THAT is precisely what ANY manager MUST do to be successful. Wenger never learned that hard fact of life.

      3. Ken1945 says:

        Quantic Dream
        Utd have no patience with injured players?
        Judas Rvp?
        Michael Carrick?
        George Best (due to drink)?
        As I don’t follow Utd can’t get any deeper regarding their injured players, but there’s three to ponder over don’t you think?

  6. Goonerbeall says:

    Can you please stop whinging about the departure of Wilshere. He is surplus to requirement and we lacked a meritocratic manager now we have found him. Unai is a clued and cunning man. Let’s hope he gets it right.

  7. Alexis17 says:

    If xhaka goes to the likes of barca,Madrid, bayern and man city he will play all matches if xavi used to play for Barcelona then why can’t xhaka play ….granit is the best midfielder at Arsenal and one of the best in the league even De bruyne plays for city’s midfield which we all know that it’s not his best position.

    1. ACE says:

      Im going to assume this reply is soaked with
      sarcasm or you dont happen to watch much of
      the EPL or European soccer.

      Xhaka has been one of Arsenals WORST
      players since his £35M move a few summers
      ago, would NEVER feature for the likes of Barca,
      RM, Bayern or City and shoudnt EVER be
      mentioned in the same sentence as an all time
      great in Xavi.

      1. jon fox says:

        You never said a truer word. A nonsense comparison Alexis 17 makes.

  8. Alexis17 says:

    Jack has been fortunate to play for Arsenal, had all the talent in this world but failed move to the next level…

  9. Abu says:

    I remember a 3-4 years ago when he was about to sign the new contract Manchester city were leading the race to sign him for $ 50m and now look at him. How far he has fallen he is out of contract and no top teams are interested even we don’t want him. Saying injuries have ruined is career is a understatement. But I remember last season when he was actually fit and starting games he wasn’t the best player on pitch. Even Ramsey and elneny were miles ahead of him. I my views Wilshere is finished. Yes he’s passionate about the club but he doesn’t deserve a new contract with a rise and regular play time. Wish him luck anyways we should have given up on him a couple of seasons ago. Our midfield is stacked with better players than him. Those people who compare xhaka and Wilshere are out of their mind. Remember when xhaha had his 1st red Wenger went for a complete rant. Which eventually turned him into a pu****y . That’s why unai rates him and has extended his contract.

  10. jon fox says:

    A truly sad moment for many of us. BUT, the realists among us also knew quite a while ago that Jacks best days were already behind him. His combative style but lack of mental nous on and off the field have conspired to get him most of those regular injuries that have , in reality, much lessened his once huge talent. Lifes reality is that if you have talent, and he did, you HAVE to produce it , REGULARLY, In this he has clearly failed. So farewell Jack and thanks for being one of the very few true Gooners who have played for us this century. But goodbye!

  11. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    He’s basically from the Wenger generation where players are technically good but have very little understanding of the overall game. Wilshere is great at what he does but his position needs to be clever going forward and literally understanding both boxes.

    That, along with his injuries, just makes him staying pointless

  12. Declan says:

    Love Jack, but if he goes then whoever he goes to to is irrelevant, I just wish him good luck, good health and happiness.

  13. RSH says:

    hopefully he can still have a good career, but Arsenal is not the place for him to find it again. Thanks for the memories. Definitely best for both parties to move on

  14. Hackinubee says:

    Even his ‘father’ Arsene gave up at the start of last season telling him he could leave, then he was bossing the midfield against low level teams in the Europa league (mostly during the first half only, fading away in the second half), and judging by the fact that he has removed arsenal from his twitter account, then I don’t think he’s staying

    Seems we are waking up now with Emery since the emotional Wenger is not here anymore

  15. Uche Edochie says:

    He needs to go. Considering the level we need to be at for us to even come close to breaking into the top four, Wilshere doesn’t cut it. Enough with the sentiments. His dad does not own arsenal.

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