Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has revealed that Arsene Wenger was sacked by the Gunners, and did not end his 22 year reign as manager as part of a mutual agreement as was reported at the time.
Wilshere was discussing the circumstances of how his own Arsenal career ended and saw him move to West Ham, when he revealed that as far as the Gunners players were concerned Wenger was sacked by the North London club.
“I was in the last year of my contract, and I spoke with the manager at the time, Arsene Wenger, and he said that they won’t be offering me a new deal and that I could leave.,” Wilshere told Football Focus.
“But at the time I was injured and it was difficult, because I wasn’t fit and I wasn’t playing, and not many teams wanted me injured.
“So I decided to stay and I got back into the team and they finally offered me a deal in January which was ready to sign, and then Arsene got sacked.
“It was strange, everyone was just shocked and Per Mertesacker, the captain, said a few words, and I think everyone was just in shock.
“It was strange. No-one really saw it coming, but it changed everything, and I wanted to wait to speak to the new manager. And I did, and he was brilliant, he was honest with me.
“He said you can stay, but you won’t be in my starting XI, so I thought it was the right time to finally leave.”