Jack Wilshere confirms he is leaving Arsenal at the end of this month after being 'forced out' by Unai Emery… despite offering to take a pay cut

The English midfielder, 26, revealed in a statement on Instagram he had even offered to take a pay-cut in order to stay at the Gunners.

However, it was made clear to him he had no future in the Arsenal's first-team and will no pursue new options.

Wilshere has been at the club since 2001 and said in a statement: "I can confirm that I will be leaving Arsenal Football Club when my contract expires at the end of June.

"Following a number of extensive conversations with those at the club, and in particular a recent meeting with the new manager, Unai Emery, I felt I was ultimately left with little choice but to make the decision I have due to purely footballing reasons.

"As has widely been reported I, along with my representative, have been in talks with the club for a number of months with the view to signing a new contract to extend my stay at the Emirates.

Jack Wilshere at Arsenal, by numbers

Joined – 2001

First-team debut – 2008

Games played – 197

Goals – 14

Premier League games – 125

Premier League goals – 7

Loan spells – 2 (Bolton & Bournemouth)

Major trophies – 2 (FA Cup 2013-14 & FA Cup 2014-15)

"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.

"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.

"There will be the opportunity to talk properly when the time is right bu for now I would just like to thank everyone at the club for everything over the past 17 years…

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"…In particular Arsene Wenger and his staff, all of my team-mates over the years, everyone at the Academy for helping me to fulfil my dream and of course the fans, who I have always shared such a special relationship with.

"I will never be able to truly repay the love, faith and belief that the fans have always shown in me.

"It's meant so much to me and my family over the years and I hope you are able to celebrate the success you deserve in the coming years. Thank you.

"I would like to place on record my respect for Mr Emery and my appreciation for his honesty and candor, and I wish him, the team and the club all the very best for the future.

"I'm feeling fit, sharp and strong and will be working tirelessly to ensure I am in peak condition ahead of the new season.

"I'll now be taking the time necessary to consider my options before deciding on the next stage of my career."

Meanwhile, Arsenal have released their own statement, saying: "Since joining our Academy more than 17 years ago aged just nine, Jack has been a tremendous player for the club and a much-loved member of the Arsenal family.

"Thank you Jack for your contribution and the fantastic memories. Good luck in the future."

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