One particular exit from the Emirates Stadium saw fan favourite Jack Wilshere join West Ham on a free transfer after his contract came to a close at the end of June – and new manager Unai Emery has explained the reasons for the exit.
“It was a tactical, technical decision. The conversation with Wilshere was a very good conversation. I explained to him my opinion and how I will want to create the team and not sure [I could] say to him he’s going to play in the XI.
“Also he explained to me the decision is not easy for him but he wanted to choose the best option for him. Every time it was with respect.
“I know this player is very important for the supporters, he grew up here with Arsenal. But I don’t give for him one post in the starting XI. It’s for that he chose to leave here and I respect this.”