West Ham sign former Arsenal midfielder Wilshere on three-year deal

  • West Ham sign former Arsenal midfielder Wilshere on three-year deal

West Ham sign former Arsenal midfielder Wilshere on three-year deal

In a statement on the website Wilshere said, "It feels good, it feels special".

"I think I must have been about six or seven, my whole family were West Ham fans, I was a West Ham fan, still have a soft spot for them of course".

The 26-year-old midfielder ended a 17-year association with boyhood team Arsenal this summer and joins the club he supported as a child.

Wilshere said there were various factors that influenced him to join the club.

"Jack is a player with excellent technical ability, combined with great energy and commitment, and has proven his quality both in the Premier League and at worldwide level". "Jack will be a great addition and we look forward to seeing his undoubted quality in a West Ham United shirt over the coming years as we fight for important goals at the Club".

Wilshere was born in Stevenage and was brought up in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, an hour's journey north of West Ham's old ground of Upton Park.

Whilst the photograph doesn't reveal too much, it shows just how much Jack Wilshere retains affection for the Hammers, becoming apparent it would be his club of choice now that his contract has expired.

The injury-plagued Wilshere proved his fitness for the Gunners last season, making 29 starts in all competitions.

There were talks of him going to Turkey but Wilshere has made a decision to stay in the Premier League and sign a three year contract.

Wilshere didn't make the England squad for the World Cup having not played for the Three Lions since the loss to Iceland although he was in one squad in the meantime.