Arsenal head coach Unai Emery has revealed what he said to Jack Wilshere before he left Arsenal over the summer (via Arsenal.com).
It’s going to be a strange sight on Saturday afternoon when Jack Wilshere takes to the field at the Emirates wearing a West Ham United shirt.
The 26-year-old made the move across London when his Arsenal contract expired at the end of last season.
Now, Arsenal’s new head coach Unai Emery has revealed what he said to Jack Wilshere before he made the transfer.
“Our conversation was very clear,” Emery explained. “For me, one thing is important for him – to be a protagonist in a new project. Because maybe here he would not be the protagonist each match on the pitch.
“It is a more competitive situation for him to play. I am happy if he finds [an opportunity to be the] protagonist at West Ham. The first conversation was in this direction.
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“[We spoke] with respect, from everyone. Respect for his decision, respect for my decision. And then, we were speaking clearly and open for many questions between Jack and me.
“Now I am very concentrated on us and our players and also I wish him the best in his career at West Ham – [but] not Saturday! Before the match, we can remember him, and then over 90 minutes we are thinking about winning this match.”
It’s interesting to get Unai Emery’s insight into how Jack Wilshere’s transfer went down. Most Arsenal fans will wish Jack Wilshere well at West Ham United with an exception of Saturday’s match.