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Jack Wilshere – Joining West Ham feels special as former Arsenal midfielder signs for Irons

PUBLISHED: 15:39 09 July 2018 | UPDATED: 15:45 09 July 2018

Jack Wilshere of Arsenal in the UEFA Europa League game between Arsenal v Atlético Madrid at the Emirates Stadium, Islington, London. Picture: DANNY LOO

Jack Wilshere of Arsenal in the UEFA Europa League game between Arsenal v Atlético Madrid at the Emirates Stadium, Islington, London. Picture: DANNY LOO

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Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has joined West Ham on a three-year deal

Jack Wilshere has signed for Arsenal's East London rivals West Ham. Credit Adam Davy/PAJack Wilshere has signed for Arsenal's East London rivals West Ham. Credit Adam Davy/PA

Wilshere signed for the Irons – the club he supported as a boy along with his father Andy – after his Gunners contract expired at the end of last month.

The Hitchin-reared midfielder who burst onto the scene as a fresh-faced 16-year-old posted on social media at the end of June that, after a meeting with new boss Unai Emery, he decided to leave the North London giants.

Wilshere and his representatives had been talking on and off with Arsenal for more than 12 months – but neither party could reach an agreement to sign a contract extension.

It is understood Arsenal had offered him in the region of £85,000 per week, plus a heavily incentivised package based upon future appearances.

Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has signed for Westr Ham. Credit PAFormer Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has signed for Westr Ham. Credit PA

However, with Wilshere seeing his midfield colleague Mesut Oxzil awarded £350,000 per week, representatives for the England international – once hailed by Pep Guardiola in a Champions League match against his Barcelona charges in 2011 – wanted more, although, nowhere near the amount Ozil is receiving.

Wilshere said on Monday afternoon upon joining the East Londoners: “It feels special. Many people know that I’ve had a special bond with this club growing up.

“I’ve got good memories of my childhood supporting West Ham, watching them at Upton Park.”

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