What Wright said to Wilshere after he confirmed he’s leaving Arsenal

Ian Wright says Jack Wilshere leaving Arsenal is "heartbreaking" in an emotional Twitter post, after the 26-year-old confirmed his departure.

Wilshere made his Gunners debut all the way back in 2008, and went on to make 197 first team appearances under Arsene Wenger, winning two FA Cups in this time.

His long term future at Arsenal was called into question when Unai Emery replaced the legendary Frenchman this summer, what with Wilshere’s contract running out.

Contract negotiations between Arsenal and the player had been underway, but Wilshere was initially unprepared to take a drastic pay cut on his current deal.

The Gunners did return with an improved offer, but Emery made it clear to Wilshere he only sees him as a fringe player – something the midfielder wasn’t prepared to be.

Wilshere confirmed the news he is leaving Arsenal on his Instagram account.

He wrote: "I felt that I was ultimately left with little choice but to make the decision that I have due to purely footballing reasons.

"Such was my desire to stay that I had in fact recently agreed to sign a financially reduced contract in order to commit my future to the club.

"My intention throughout these discussions has always been to remain an Arsenal player. I have been on the books at Arsenal for 17 years and have always felt part of the fabric of the club.

"Following my meeting with the new manager I was made aware that although the reduced contract offer remained, it was made clear to me that my playing time would be significantly reduced should I decide to stay.

"I am sure everyone can understand that at this point in my life and career I need to be playing first-team football and following my meeting with Mr Emery I came away feeling that it would be very difficult for me to do so at Arsenal.

"Given this, I feel I have no option but to pursue other opportunities in order to progress my career on the pitch."

Former Arsenal forward Wright took to Twitter in the immediate aftermath of the news, and posted the following tweet: "Disappointed to hear the news.

"I know exactly what Jack is going through and it is heartbreaking knowing that you have to leave Arsenal Football Club.

"I wish you all the best in the future and hope you find the happiness again in playing the game you love."

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