Wilshere would have stayed at Arsenal if Wenger was manager

Matt Stead

Jack Wilshere has confirmed that he would have stayed at Arsenal if Arsene Wenger was still manager.

Wilshere left north London in the summer to join West Ham, bringing to an end his 17-year Emirates stay.

The decision was made by Unai Emery, who replaced Wenger as manager in May.

Wilshere admits that if Wenger was still in charge, he would likely be adorning Arsenal’s treatment room right now.

“If Arsene had stayed I would have stayed because of the influence he had in my career and the trust he had in me,” Wilshere told the Islington Gazette.

“He gave me the armband and respected me a lot. So, I had pretty much agreed to stay. And then he left and that changed things.

“Arsene had said to me previously ‘stay and fight your way back into the team’. Because I knew Arsene and knew he had trust in me, I knew I could do that and fight my way into the team.

“I knew that if I got myself fit and was training well that Arsene would put me in – and he did.

“But things were changing at the club and they were going into a new era and maybe it was time for me to leave as well.”