Jack Wilshere has revealed that he was told by Arsene Wenger to leave Arsenal last summer.
Speaking before England’s game with the Netherlands on Friday evening, Wilshere opened up about his contract situation and spoke about being told to leave Arsenal by Wenger.
Since then, Wilshere has got back into the team and has a contract offer on the table, although it would require him to take a pay cut.
“It was an honest conversation,” said Wilshere.
“We have known each other long enough where we can have that relationship where we are honest with each other.
“It was boiling up for a while because everybody knew I had a year left on my deal and I had been out on loan, got injured, and wasn’t really in his plans.
“He said, ‘I am going to be honest with you and at the moment we are not going to be offering you a contract, so if you can get a contract somewhere else, you can go’.
“Obviously I was not happy with that, but at the same time I was happy he was being honest.
“He gave me the opportunity with three or four weeks left in the transfer window, but I did not find anything that I wanted and at the same time I was not really fit, so I decided that I wanted to stay and build up my fitness.
“He also said at the same time that if I did stay I had an opportunity to fight for my place, and if I performed well in the Carabao Cup and Europa League, I had a chance.”
Wilshere faces the prospect of heading to the World Cup without a club, which is something he is keen to avoid:
“I have got three months left on my contract. I don’t know how to answer that.
“Ideally, yes, I want it sorted as soon as possible.
“I want to go to the World Cup and enjoy it, but we have three months till then and a lot can happen.”
“Ideally from my point of view and the club’s point of view, they will probably want it sorted.”