Arsene Wenger was sacked by Arsenal, says Jack Wilshere, with that decision stunning everybody at the club and leading the midfielder to make his own summer exit.
The long-serving Frenchman announced in April that he would be vacating the position in north London that he had held for 22 years.
At the time, Wenger said: “After careful consideration and following discussions with the club, I feel it is the right time for me to step down at the end of the season.”
Wilshere has now suggested that the three-time Premier League title winner was forced into that decision, rather than it being mutually agreed.
“But at the time I was injured and it was difficult, because I wasn’t fit and I wasn’t playing, and not many teams wanted me injured.
“So I decided to stay and I got back into the team and they finally offered me a deal in January which was ready to sign, and then Arsene got sacked.
“It was strange, everyone was just shocked and Per Mertesacker, the captain, said a few words, and I think everyone was just in shock.”