Speaking ahead of Saturday’s match against West Ham, Gunners manager Unai Emery has spoken about the departure of former fan favorite Jack Wilshere over the summer.
Emery gave further details regarding his interactions with Wilshere after his arrival,
‘I spoke with him for 15 minutes here at Colney before he left,’
‘The first thing for me is I have respect for his career here. And then, he chooses what the best was for him in his future.”
Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere had previously noted it would be ‘strange’ returning to the Emirates as an away player but insisted he was looking forward to the occasion.
Wilshere, 26, left the Gunners this summer when his contract expired and joined boyhood club, West Ham. Despite looking odds-on to re-sign with Arsenal after a strong finish to last season, the departure of Arsene Wenger changed his course dramatically.
Speaking to reporters this week Wilshere drew the ire of some sections of the Arsenal fanbase for suggesting Arsenal ‘got rid’ of him,
‘It’ll be a strange one for me as I was never able to go there and play when I went out on loan as you can play against your parent club, but it’s one I’m looking forward to.
‘It’s down to me to prove a point to Arsenal that they were wrong to get rid of me.’
Despite ruffling a few feathers, Arsenal boss Emery still believes Wilshere will receive a positive reception when he steps out at the Emirates for the first time in his career as an opposition player,
‘I think there is a good reception for him here. Then we are going to play and we are going to think after that, for us to win. But, I wish for the best for his career.’
The Gunners entertain West Ham at 3 pm this Saturday in a must-win for the North London side who are currently trailing the league leaders by six points.