West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini has hailed the signing of Jack Wilshere as he looks toward his first season in charge at the London Stadium.
Having spent 17 years at Arsenal, Wilshere finally decided to bring an end to his career as a Gunner having being told by new boss Unai Emery that he wasn’t a part of plans for the first team.
Emery has gone on to make five signings already as he tries to restructure what club legend Arsene Wenger has left him, which in reality was a squad with very little experience or tenacity, bringing in Lucas Torreira seemingly as a direct replacement for Wilshere.
The England midfielder had a number of offers from both around the Premier League and Europe, but announced his decision to move to West Ham the club he supported as a boy earlier this week on a free transfer, much to the delight of his new manager, Manuel Pellegrini:
“Jack is a player with excellent technical ability, combined with great energy and commitment, and has proven his quality both in the Premier League and at international level,” the Chilean told Sky Sports.
“Most importantly, he is hungry to play for West Ham and determined to reproduce the level of performance that he has shown in the past. At 26, he still has many years of football in front of him, and I believe he will be a great asset for us.”
Wilshere is likely to be joined by Borussia Dortmund forward Andriy Yarmolenko and Lazio’s Felipe Anderson, as the Hammers look to improve on what was a difficult season in the Premier League last season.