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Arsenal midfielder, Jack Wilshere has revealed that his teammates have been left ‘shocked’ by Arsene Wenger’s decision to leave the club at the end of the season.
The Frenchman, who still had one season remaining on his contract, has called time on his 22-year stint with the Gunners. Wenger broke the news to his players and staff at Arsenal’s training ground on Friday morning, and Wilshere admits he believed the France manager would be staying on for another season.
“We haven’t really had much time to sit down and talk about it,” Wilshere told Arsenal’s official website.
“I think everyone was just a little bit shocked. It’s the first we heard about it, we didn’t see it coming because as I said, he had another year left on his contract.
“It’s not really something that you talk about as players.
“You just focus on the next game, you don’t worry about who’s the manager and what’s going to happen with the manager.
“Of course, you read stuff online and in the media but you don’t really pay attention to that, so it was a bit of a shock. Now, all we can do is put our focus into winning something.”
Wilshere also admits he’s ‘disappointed’ that Wenger will leave Arsenal after a poor campaign in the Premier League.
“I was shocked. I didn’t see it coming. I know he had another year left on his contract and I thought that he would do it, but unfortunately he’s not. I’m sad,’ said the midfielder.
“Ever since I’ve known about Arsenal, Arsene has been there. I’m sad, I’m a little bit disappointed that we couldn’t give him the season he wanted, but we’ve still got a chance to win something so he can leave on a high.
“He’s been great for me throughout my career, gave me my chance from a young age, stuck with me, showed his faith in me and helped me to develop as a player.
“I owe him a lot in his career and I want to give him the send-off he deserves. I’m sure the fans do. I know the rest of the players do and we want to win something for him now.’