Giroud: Wilshere departure a ‘big loss’ for Arsenal

Olivier Giroud has said that Jack Wilshere’s imminent departure from Arsenal will be a big loss to the club.

Wilshere announced last week that he would be ending his lifelong association with the club after being told by new Arsenal boss Unai Emery that he wasn’t a part of his first team plans.

Giroud worked with Wilshere for five-and-a-half years during his time with the Gunners before he also left the club back in January, joining Chelsea for the relatively modest fee of £18 million.

Wilshere however will leave the Emirates for free with his contract expiring in a matter of days, and he has been linked with moves to West Ham, Everton, Crystal Palace and Juventus.

No matter where he ends up though, Giroud reckons his departure will be a ‘big loss’ for the North London club:

“It’s big news and I’m very sad to hear it, because he’s a good friend,” said the France international striker.

“Jack is a good lad, a very good player, very talented and it is a shame he has had so many injuries.

“But he came back well last season and it was good to see him on the pitch, enjoying his game and being strong.

“It’s a big loss and I hope he will bounce back as soon as possible at a good club.

“I wish him the very best because I appreciate him. I hope for him and his family he will bounce back.

“The new manager makes the decision and he has the responsibility for the team and the player.”

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