England midfielder jack Wilshere has announced that he will be leaving Arsenal when his contract expires at the end of the month.
The 26-year-old took to his Instagram account to announce his departure.
The full statement reads:
“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.
“As has widely been reported I, along with my representative, have been in talks with the club for a number of months with the view to signing a new contract to extend my stay at the Emirates.
“My intention throughout these discussions has always been to remain an Arsenal player…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.
“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.”
Wilshere has been linked to a host of clubs which include Everton, Crystal Palace, West Ham as well as Seria A clubs like Juventus and AC Milan.