Wil­shere sale not due to in­juries, says Emery

Sport360 - - Premier League - By Mark Mann-Bryans editorial@sport360.com @MarkyMBryans

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery insists it was a “tac­ti­cal, tech­ni­cal de­ci­sion” to al­low Jack Wil­shere to leave the Emi­rates Sta­dium and noth­ing to do with his in­jury record.

Wil­shere signed for West Ham ear­lier this week af­ter part­ing com­pany with Arsenal at the end of his con­tract.

The Eng­land mid­fielder had been with the Gun­ners for 17 years but re­vealed in June that a con­ver­sa­tion with Emery, who re­placed Arsene Wenger at the helm a month ear­lier, had left him ques­tion­ing his fu­ture.

“Fol­low­ing my meet­ing with the new man­ager I was made aware that, al­though the re­duced con­tract of­fer re­mained, it was made clear to me that my play­ing time would be sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced should I de­cide to stay,” he wrote as part of an In­sta­gram post.

Miss­ing out on a place in Eng­land’s World Cup squad has also likely played a part in Wil­shere’s de­ci­sion to move to the Lon­don Sta­dium in the hope of more reg­u­lar foot­ball mov­ing for­ward.

His re­cent in­jury record has been an im­prove­ment on pre­vi­ous years but he only made 25 Premier League ap­pear­ances across his fi­nal three sea­sons at Arsenal. Emery, though, re­vealed it was purely foot­balling terms that left him ques­tion­ing where Wil­shere would fit in his new-look Arsenal side.

“It was a tac­ti­cal, tech­ni­cal de­ci­sion,” he said. “The con­ver­sa­tion with Wil­shere was a very good con­ver­sa­tion, very di­rectly to­gether.

“I ex­plained to him my opin­ion and how I wanted to cre­ate the team and that I said to him I was un­sure if he is go­ing to play in the 11 play­ers. He ex­plained to me the de­ci­sion is not easy for him but he wanted to choose the best op­tion for him and every time it is with re­spect.

“I know this player here is im­por­tant for the sup­port­ers and grew up here in Arsenal but I don’t give him one place in the start­ing 11 and it is for that (rea­son) he choose to leave here and I re­spect also this.”

Emery, though, has also said he wants to avoid a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion with Aaron Ram­sey, whose con­tract ex­pires next year.

Headed West: Jack Wil­shere.

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