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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."

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No new injury concerns ahead of Arsenal's Atletico clash

Ozil, Cech and Wilshere all trained ahead of Arsenal's Europa League match on Thursday. Credit: PA

Mesut Ozil, Petr Cech and Jack Wilshere all trained on Wednesday ahead of Arsenal's Europa League semi-final clash with Atletico Madrid.

The trio, as well as full-back Sead Kolasinac, missed Sunday's 4-1 Premier League win over West Ham with minor complaints, but all were part of the squad working at London Colney.

Ozil was ill, while Cech had a minor hip injury as Wilshere and Kolasinac were sidelined with ankle problems.

Mohamed Elneny was carried off on a stretcher on the stroke of half-time with ankle ligament damage, although Arsenal are hopeful he will play again this season.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan is also absent, but could feature in the second leg in Madrid next week, having trained away from the group on Wednesday.

The news will be a boost to outgoing Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger as he looks to end his near-22 year tenure with a European trophy, especially as Atletico themselves were given good news as former Chelsea forward Diego Costa was passed fit to travel to London following a hamstring injury.

Wenger confident Wilshere will sign new Arsenal contract

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he is "confident" midfielder Jack Wilshere will sign a new contract at the club. Credit: PA

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he is "confident" midfielder Jack Wilshere will sign a new contract at the club.

Wilshere's current deal runs out in the summer and, despite an offer being on the table, the 26-year-old is yet to agree terms.

"I cannot give you any news," said Wenger at his pre-match press conference. "I don't know really what is in his mind.

"He has not signed, he has an offer and we want him to stay. The offer is a long-term contract and I hope at some stage he will sign it. I am always confident.

"As a club you want the players to stay and be paid well and I think everyone would agree we pay our players very well."

Bould: Wilshere good enough to make World Cup squad

Jack Wilshere missed the recent England friendlies. Credit: PA

Steve Bould believes Jack Wilshere has the quality to earn a place in England's World Cup squad but is concerned the Arsenal midfielder will have to manage injuries for the rest of his career.

Wilshere, 26, was last week in line for his first international cap since the Euro 2016 exit at the hands of Iceland only for a small knee problem to rule him out of the friendly double-header against Holland and Italy.

"It can happen at any time, I don't know if there is anybody to blame. It is just one of those things," Bould said of the knee issue that kept Wilshere out of the friendlies.

"I haven't actually spoken to him, in all honesty. But he will have been disappointed. He wants to play for his country, I'm sure.

"I don't know whether he has (missed out on the World Cup) or not. I hope not. I think his ability, if he can show it over the next few games, he is good enough to get in there."

Wilshere ruled out of England's game with Holland

Jack Wilshere has a knee problem. Credit: PA

Jack Wilshere will miss England's friendly against Holland on Friday due to injury, manager Gareth Southgate has announced.

The Arsenal midfielder suffered a knee problem in training on Thursday morning and did not travel to Amsterdam.

Southgate said: "Nothing too serious. We had the option to bring him here, treat him here and let it settle or keep him at base. We decided to leave him there.

"It will be interesting to see how he responds. He was disappointed to pull out of training. It is not something new for him. He has trained well with us this week."

Southgate also confirmed that Jordan Pickford will start in goal against the Netherlands in Amsterdam and Jordan Henderson will be captain.

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