Wilshere says he would have stayed at Arsenal had Wenger not gone
Jack Wilshere says he would have stayed at Arsenal had Arsene Wenger decided not to leave the club
- Jack Wilshere says he would still be at Arsenal if Arsene Wenger hadn’t left
- Wilshere ended his 17-year stay at Arsenal when he joined West Ham in July
- He believes Wenger would have had faith in him to find his form and fitness
Jack Wilshere has said that had Arsene Wenger still been manager at Arsenal he would have stayed at the club.
Wilshere ended his 17-year stay at the club in the summer when he left to join West Ham after not getting assurance of first-team football under Unai Emery.
But the 26-year-old believes had Wenger still been in charge he would have signed a new deal to remain at the club.
Jack Wilshere says he would still be at the club if Arsene Wenger hadn’t left his role as manager
Wilshere joined West Ham in the summer when his contract expired at Arsenal
‘If Arsene had stayed I would have stayed because of the influence he had in my career and the trust he had in me. He gave me the armband and respected me a lot,’ he told the Islington Gazette.
‘So, I had pretty much agreed to stay. And then he left and that changed things.
‘Arsene had said to me previously “stay and fight your way back into the team” – because I knew Arsene and knew he had trust in me, I knew I could do that and fight my way into the team.’
Wilshere also feels as though Wenger would have had faith in him returning to full fitness
Wenger was always supportive of Wilshere when he was recovering from injuries. That is another reason Wilshere feels would have seen him stay at Arsenal.
He added: ‘I knew that if I got myself fit and was training well that Arsene would put me in – and he did.
‘But things were changing at the club and they were going into a new era and maybe it was time for me to leave as well.’
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