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Jack Wilshere announces he will leave Arsenal this month after new boss Emery couldn’t guarantee regular football

Jack Wilshere has announced that he is to leave Arsenal once his contract with the club expires at the end of the month.

Wilshere broke the news on his Instagram account on Tuesday night before posting a video montage of his time at the club.

The 26-year-old revealed he would have accepted a pay cut but decided to leave after it was made clear by Unai Emery that he could not be guaranteed regular first-team football.

Crystal Palace and West Ham are among those who will show an interest, with Roy Hodgson in particular a fan.

In a statement, Wilshere wrote: ‘I can confirm that I will be leaving Arsenal Football Club when my contract expires at the end of June.

‘Following a number of extensive conversations with those at the club, and in particular a recent meeting with the new manager, Unai Emery, I felt that I was ultimately left with little choice but to make the decision that I have due to purely footballing reasons.’

He added that he had been prepared to take a pay cut in order to stay at the north London side, but admitted regular first team football is more important

Such was my desire to stay that I had in fact recently agreed to sign a financially reduced contract in order to commit my future to the club,’ he said.

‘However, 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.

‘I am sure everyone can understand that at this point in my life and career I need to be playing regular first team football and following my meeting with Mr Emery I came away feeling that it would be very difficult for me to do so at Arsenal.’

Wilshere has been at Arsenal for 17 years but has struggled with injuries, which have restricted his ability to play regularly.

WILSHERE’S TIME AT ARSENAL

Appearances: 150

Premier League appearances: 92

Goals: 14

Premier League goals: 7

Honours: FA Cup (2014, 2015), FA Community Shield (2014), League Cup runner-up (2011).

‘I would like to place on record my respect for Mr Emery and my appreciation for his honesty and candor, and I wish him, the team and the club all the very best for the future.

‘I’m feeling fit, sharp and strong and will be working tirelessly to ensure I am in peak condition ahead of the new season.

‘I’ll now be taking the time necessary to consider my options before deciding on the next stage of my career. JW.’

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