Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere joins West Ham on three-year contract

The 26-year-old is hoping to get his career back on track with the Hammers after missing out on England's World Cup squad

Liam Twomey
Monday 09 July 2018 15:20 BST
Jack Wilshere joins West Ham

West Ham have confirmed that they have signed former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere on a three-year contract.

Wilshere left the Emirates Stadium as a free agent this summer after 17 years with the Gunners, and is hoping to get his career back on track with West Ham.

The 26-year-old was omitted from Gareth Southgate’s England squad this summer despite enjoying an improved season for Arsenal, and has struggled with form and fitness in recent years.

“It feels good, it feels special,” Wilshere told West Ham’s official website. “Many people know that I’ve had a special bond with this club growing up.

“People will have seen the picture of me in a West Ham shirt and I’ve got good memories of my childhood supporting West Ham, watching them at Upton Park. It feels good and of course my family and a few of my friends are West Ham fans so everyone’s buzzing.”

Asked what attracted him to join West Ham over a number of alternative options, Wilshere replied: “I think it was a number of things, the manager being one and the way he wants to play and where he sees me playing.

“The fans, of course – everyone knows how big West Ham’s fanbase is – and especially in this new Stadium. Not many clubs could fill it week in, week out, and West Ham do.

“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.”

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