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Jack Wilshere announces he will leave Arsenal

Jack Wilshere has been on Arsenal's books for 17 years Credit: PA

Midfielder Jack Wilshere has announced he will leave Arsenal when his contract expires at the end of the month.

The 26-year-old, who has been with the Gunners since joining their academy in 2001, said he was "left with little choice" following discussions with the club, including new manager Unai Emery.

"I can confirm I will be leaving Arsenal Football Club when my contract expires at the end of June," Wilshere wrote on Instagram.

"Following a number of extensive conversations with those at the club, and in particular a recent meeting with the new manager Unai Emery, I felt that I was ultimately left with little choice but to make the decision that I have due to purely footballing reasons."


Xhaka signs new long-term Arsenal contract

Granit Xhaka has signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal, the Gunners have announced. Credit: PA

Granit Xhaka has signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal, the Gunners have announced.

The 25-year-old midfielder, who is part of Switzerland's World Cup squad, featured in all 38 Premier League matches last season.

New Arsenal head coach Unai Emery said on the club's website: "I'm delighted that Granit has extended his contract with us. He's an important member of the squad and is still young so will be able to develop even more."

Arsenal and Chelsea to play friendly in Dublin

Chelsea and Arsenal met five times in all competitions last season. Credit: PA

Arsenal and Chelsea will meet in a pre-season friendly at Dublin's Aviva Stadium, the Premier League rivals have announced.

A London derby will take place at the 51,700-seater stadium on August 1 as both sides continue preparations for the new season.

The teams are certainly no strangers to one another after meeting five times during the 2017/18 campaign.

The Gunners drew first-blood, following up their FA Cup final win over the Blues by beating them in a penalty shoot-out to lift the Community Shield in August.

Two Premier League draws followed before Arsenal got the better of Chelsea once again, winning their two-legged Carabao Cup semi-final thanks to a 2-1 victory at the Emirates Stadium.

Chelsea also confirmed in the same announcement that they will take on Inter Milan in Nice and Lyon at Stamford Bridge in their other pre-season games.

Maitland-Niles signs new long-term Arsenal deal

Maitland-Niles impressed for Arsenal last term, particularly in the Europa League Credit: PA

Ainsley Maitland-Niles was one of the first names on the lips of new Arsenal head coach Unai Emery - and now the Gunners midfielder is likely to be working under the Spaniard for some time after signing a new long-term deal at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis led the panel that ultimately decided Emery was the correct man to replace the departing Arsene Wenger.

With Emery now at the helm, England Under-21 international Maitland-Niles has been handed a new long-term contract.

The promising 20-year-old is a product of the club's academy and enjoyed a breakthrough season at during the last campaign - making a total of 28 first-team appearances.

Part of the England Under-20s team to win the World Cup in South Korea last summer, signing a new deal at Arsenal is the culmination of a big year for Maitland-Niles, who was delighted to hear that his new manager already knew plenty about his abilities.

"You don't really hear a lot of young players being shouted out by their managers, especially a new manager who hasn't really seen them play too much," he told Arsenal Player following the announcement of his new contract.

"I think it's brilliant to hear from him and it gives me a load of confidence. It feels fantastic knowing that I'm going to be a part of the squad, and a big part of the squad.

"It means a lot with the new head coach coming in and Arsenal tying me down. I'm very pleased.

"We had a little meeting. He said that he wants all of his players to work hard and I'm no stranger to doing that. It will be second nature to me."


Pires hopes to join Emery's Arsenal coaching staff

Pires would like to join Arsenal. Credit: PA

Former Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires believes he would be a good fit in new boss Unai Emery's backroom team.

Pires, 44, spent six years with the Gunners before leaving for Villarreal in 2006 and has maintained a close connection with the club.

The Frenchman, a World Cup winner in 1998, trains regularly with the first-team squad and feels he could help Emery launch a new era at the Emirates Stadium following Arsene Wenger's departure.

"If I join Unai Emery's staff, I think it should be good for me, and I hope it should be good for Unai Emery," Pires told ESPN FC at Arsenal's new Puma kit launch in London.

"I could be like a bridge between him and the players. Because I know the players. For two years I have trained with the guys. So all of them, they respect me.

"And I respect the players, I was an ex-player. So the relationship between the players and me is good. That's why I think I can help Unai Emery."

Cazorla to spend pre-season with former club Villarreal

Cazorla was a fan favourite at Villarreal before his move to Arsenal. Credit: PA

Santi Cazorla will spend pre-season with former club Villarreal in a bid to regain full fitness following his Achilles operation, the LaLiga outfit have announced.

The 33-year-old former Spain international is a free agent after leaving Arsenal at the end of last season.

Cazorla came up through the youth ranks at Villarreal and made 241 first-team appearances for the club before moving to Malaga in 2011, and then onto the Gunners a year later.

A Villarreal statement read: "Santi Cazorla returns home.

"The Asturian player will take part in pre-season with the Villarreal first team (July 9) with the objective of recovering from an Achilles tendon operation in his right leg, which he had last November 28."

Arsenal sign Juventus defender Lichtsteiner on a free

Lichtsteiner is out of contract after leaving Juventus. Credit: PA

Arsenal have announced the signing of experienced defender Stephan Lichtsteiner from Juventus on a free transfer.

The 34-year-old was out of contract at the Serie A champions and joins the Gunners ahead of captaining Switzerland at the World Cup.

Lichsteiner moved to Juventus in 2011 and won seven successive league titles at the club.

He becomes the first signing since Unai Emery's appointment as head coach and will wear the number 12 shirt as he competes with the likes of Hector Bellerin for a place in the side.

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