Jack Wilshere joins West Ham on three year deal after leaving Arsenal

Jack Wilshere of Arsenal shows his frustration to the referee during the Carabao Cup Semi Final Second Leg at Emirates Stadium

Jack Wilshere of Arsenal shows his frustration to the referee during the Carabao Cup Semi Final Second Leg at Emirates Stadium

Wilshere will join West Ham after being on Arsenal's books for 17 years, in what will be a hard jump to make for him.

Wilshere, who grew up supporting West Ham, is set to travel to Switzerland to link up with Manuel Pellegrini's squad for their pre-season training camp.

"I want to be playing here in front of the Hammers, and my bond I've had with the Club over my childhood will make it even more special".

That resulted in a number of clubs - both home and overseas - being linked with a move for the 26-year-old, but it soon became apparent that the Londoner was strongly considering a short move across the capital.

West Ham United announce the signing of former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere on a three-year contract.


'The fans, of course - everyone knows how big West Ham's fanbase is - and especially in this new Stadium.

"I think I must have been about six or seven, my whole family were West Ham fans, I was a West Ham fan, still have a soft spot for them of course", he told the Sportsman. Talks over a new contract had been progressing for a number of months, but it was said to be a lack of assurances over regular playing time that convinced Wilshere to leave the Emirates.

It remains to be seen whether Chelsea's entry into the race will force West Ham to try and push through an agreement with Lazio as soon as possible in order to get the player.

"Jack is a player with vast experience and quality at the highest level, having played all of his career in the Premier League".

Despite his long association with Arsenal, there are pictures of a young Wilshere, who was born in Stevenage, wearing a West Ham shirt.

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