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Former Arsenal star Robert Pires has admitted he was shocked to see Jack Wilshere join Bournemouth on the last day of the transfer window.
Wilshere joined the Cherries on a season-long loan, to the surprise of the former winger who wasn’t expecting him to leave the Emirates.
“I’m a little bit surprised because Jack is very good, and has a very good ability with the ball,” he said.
“Maybe for him it’s a good choice because he needs to play more regularly. They have a lot of players at Arsenal, especially in midfield.
“So maybe it’s a good transition for him because he’s only on loan. So next season he will come back for Arsenal. But he needs to play.”
It is believed Wilshere left the club because he had little chance of playing regular football which could be partly due to the increased competition in the squad and Pires believes the competition is good for the club.
The former Arsenal man believes the new signings have strengthened the squad and has backed the club for the league title, claiming it has what it takes to win the league.
“I believe always in this team and this squad and of course in Arsene Wenger. I know a lot of fans are particular about Arsene. But this is our philosophy.
“We spent a lot of money, maybe not as much as Man United, Man City or Chelsea. But I think the quality is there. This is my opinion, but when you see all the names at Arsenal, the quality is unbelievable.
“Believe me, because sometimes I’m training with the guys, and the team is very, very good. We need maybe a bit of luck for this season, and I hope less injuries.”
“[Wenger]spent a lot of money, not like Man United or Man City. But he chose good players with good quality.
“I think some players like Xhaka or Mustafi can help this team. Because, actually, the team is really good, the quality is unbelievable. Maybe they need more confidence, but I believe in Arsenal this season.”
Arsenal have started this campaign with four points in its first three games and will hope to build on it against Southampton next weekend.