West Ham United new signing Jack Wilshere has explained how the exit of Arsene Wenger from Arsenal sent him packing from Emirates Stadium.
The midfielder left the Emirate Stadium at the end of last season, he spoke about his exit from the club.
Speaking to BBC TV show Football Focus, he said: "I was in the last year of my contract, and I spoke with the manager at the time, Arsene Wenger, and he said that they won't be offering me a new deal and that I could leave.
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"But at the time I was injured and it was difficult, because I wasn't fit and I wasn't playing, and not many teams wanted me injured.
"So I decided to stay and I got back into the team and they finally offered me a deal in January which was ready to sign, and then Arsene got sacked.
"It was strange, everyone was just shocked and Per Mertesacker, the captain, said a few words, and I think everyone was just in shock.
"It was strange. No-one really saw it coming, but it changed everything, and I wanted to wait to speak to the new manager. And I did, and he was brilliant, he was honest with me.
"He said you can stay, but you won't be in my starting XI, so I thought it was the right time to finally leave."