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OFFICIAL: Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere joins West Ham

West Ham United have secured the services of former Arsenal midfielder after the Englishman signed on the dotted lines of a three-year contract. This move comes after Wilshere spent 17 years in Arsenal, where he developed to become one of the most talented English midfielders of recent times.

The 26-year-old struck European fame in 2011, when he put on a dazzling display against the all-conquring Barcelona side in the Champions League knock out round. 

Having been pinned by many as the future of English football, Wilshere, however, was never quite able to reach his potential due to a string of injuries. The injuries resulted in him falling down the order at both club and country. 

Things seemed to be on the up following an impressive loan move to AFC Bournemouth for the 2016/17 season. He, however, failed to hit the same height last season – appearing in only 20 league games for the Gunners last season.

All this had resulted in immense speculation regarding his future at The Emirates as talks regarding his new contract stalled time and again. Arsenal's newly proposed contract was reported to be too loaded with incentives for the midfielder's liking – thus bringing an end of his time at Arsenal which could easily be summed in two words, 'if only'.

Regarding his decision to join West Ham, Wilshere stated, “I think it was a number of things, the manager [Manuel Pellegrini] being one and the way he wants to play and where he sees me playing.”

Having lost his place in the England set up and moving away from North London, Wilshere certainly seems to be turning a new chapter in his life.

Wilshere was a fan-favorite at Arsenal, and even he revered the club owing to the support that they had offered him during his difficult, injury-prone period.

The midfielder wanted to play regular football, and hence the move to West Ham is justifiable. It would be interesting to observe how his career pans out after a change of clubs.

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