With the sequence of events surrounding the injury-prone midfielder this summer, Jack Wilshere sheds some light on the fact that he decided to stay in the English Premier League at the expense of moving to Serie A side, AC Milan.
Even though the Italian giants have 18 Serie A titles to their name, along with seven European Cups, Wilshere decided to join Bournemouth, a club currently playing their second consecutive season in top-flight football. Arsene Wenger talked Jack Wilshere into loaning his skills to another EPL club instead of moving him to Italy, and this entire season, the midfielder will be wearing the red and black stripes for Bournemouth even as online betting sites narrow down on such a rare move.
According to the sentiments expressed by the English professional footballer, he chose to stay in England rather than moving to Italy because he felt that he would miss the fun surrounding English Premier League football. In their last Saturday match against West Brom, Bournemouth emerged victorious thanks to the 79th minute only goal netted by Striker Callum Wilson, his first goal in 12 months after recovering from a knee injury. Jack Wilshere came in as a substitute in the last half an hour of the match, which added some confidence to the team and resulted in the goal.
It seems the injury-plagued midfielder is already comfortable at the Cherries after avoiding a possible move to the AC Milan and choosing to stay in England on loan. Since September 13th 2014, Wilshere has not been able to play a full top-flight match. In line with this, the 24-year-old said that he has missed nearly 18 months of top-flight football in the Premier League for many consecutive weeks because he has suffered several injuries, which have stagnated his progress for a long time. He added that he has missed the Premier League, along with its fans, the fight, and the scheduled games week in and week out, making him less involved in its unfolding events.
Therefore, the midfielder weighed options and chose to join the Cherries after realizing that only a handful of EPL clubs were willing to offer him a contract this season. According to Wilshere, as soon as he discovered that Bournemouth was showing interest in him, he consulted the Cherries’ ex-Arsenal striker and his friend, Benik Afobe, for advice, which turned out to be positive, especially with his high praise of the manager. He made the bold move to speak to Eddie Howie, the manager, and met him almost immediately to talk about working with him as a coach to help the Arsenal midfielder to improve his skills as a player both personally and professionally.
As stated by Wilshere, he chose to move from London to the Cherries with the intention of helping himself to acclimatize with the Premier League once again after a long time of recovering from injury. He added that since Bournemouth were desperate to sign him by showing high-level interest in him, he made a decision to give it a try and left London. He is now focused on developing his career with the team because he now has the best opportunity to play in nearly all matches. Since moving, he has been staying in a hotel, but hoping to get a permanent place to stay.