The England international reportedly turned down a move to Sunderland during the summer transfer window, before eventually signing on loan at Bournemouth for the rest of the season.
The 24-year-old has seen his Arsenal career stagnate in recent years due to injury, appearing just 25 times in the last two seasons.
In fact, Wilshere made more appearances for England last time out than he did for Arsene Wenger’s side – he made Roy Hodgson’s squad for the European Championships in France despite playing just three times for the Gunners all season.
A loan spell away from the Emirates Stadium is what many believe Wilshere needed to rebuild his career as, like he has proved at times in the past, he has the ability to be one of the best midfielders in the league.
Turning down a move to the North East is a particularly interesting but hardly surprising move, given that Bournemouth is closer geographically and also play a different style of football to the Black Cats, and one that Wilshere feels he can benefit from, and also contribute to, more effectively.
The 24-year-old has made four appearances for Eddie Howe’s side since his deadline day move, and he will look to make his fourth start in a row when the Cherries host Hull City after the international break.