Jack Wilshere announces he will leave Arsenal

Jack Wilshere

Jens Lehmann has offered a subtle swipe at Arsenal after the club confirmed Unai Emery's backroom staff with the former shot-stopper not making the cut.

He insists his intention was always to stay at the Gunners, where he has been for 17 years, but following talks with Unai Emery he has decided to make his exit.

Juan Carlos Carcedo, Emery's longtime assistant at Valencia, Spartak Moscow, Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain, will be alongside him in the dugout.

First-team coach Pablo Villanueva, strength and conditioning coach Julen Masach, goalkeeping coach Javi Garcia and data/video analyst Victor Manas make up the rest of Emery's staff.

Moving to Selhurst Park would undoubtedly provide Wilshere with the regular first-team football that his talent deserves, whilst signing a player of the 26-year-old's calibre would fill Hodgson with confidence that his side can once again beat the drop, next season.

As has widely been reported, I, along with my representative have been in talks with the club for a number of months with a view to signing a new contract to extend my stay at the Emirates.

The news broke on Tuesday night that Wilshere would not renew his contract and would see his deal out until its terminus on July 1st.

"Given this, I feel I have no option but to pursue other opportunities in order to progress my career on the pitch".

Arsenal belong in the Champions League.

He was often hampered by injury, but made 125 Premier League appearances under Arsene Wenger.

He leaves Arsenal having won two FA Cups.

Wilshere wrote on his Instagram: "Thanks for the memories", which was accompanied by a message to how the decision came about. "Good luck in the future".

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