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Alwaysaniron 10:57 Wed Oct 11
Jack Wilshere Signed
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West Ham United sign Jack Wilshere



West Ham United are delighted to confirm the signing of Jack Wilshere on a three-year contract.

The 26-year-old midfielder arrives at London Stadium and joins the Club he supported as a boy after he chose to leave Arsenal after 17 years when his contract expired last month.

The 34-cap England international put pen-to-paper with the Hammers on Monday and will fly out to Switzerland to link up with Manuel Pellegrini’s squad at their pre-season training camp in Bad Ragaz.

“It feels good, it feels special,” said Wilshere, whose father and brother are also lifelong Hammers. “Many people know that I’ve had a special bond with this Club growing up.

“People will have seen the picture of me in a West Ham shirt and I’ve got good memories of my childhood supporting West Ham, watching them at Upton Park. It feels good and of course my family and a few of my friends are West Ham fans so everyone’s buzzing.”

Wilshere said he did not have to think twice when he learned of West Ham’s interest in securing his services, with Pellegrini’s ambitious plans, the passion of the Claret and Blue Army and London Stadium all convincing him his future lie in east London.

“I think it was a number of things,” he confirmed, “the manager being one and the way he wants to play and where he sees me playing.

“The fans, of course – everyone knows how big West Ham’s fanbase is – and especially in this new Stadium. Not many clubs could fill it week in, week out, and West Ham do.

“I want to be playing here in front of the Hammers, and my bond I’ve had with the Club over my childhood will make it even more special.”

Director of Football Mario Husillos said Wilshere’s qualities made him a natural target for the Hammers.

“Manuel and I identified him as a target as soon as we joined the Club and we are delighted to have succeeded in securing Jack’s signature above a number of other teams.

“Jack is a player with vast experience and quality at the highest level, having played all of his career in the Premier League.

“On the biggest stage, he has shown that he has game-changing abilities, as well as having the creativity and intelligence to make a real difference to our squad.

“He is a passionate man and has shown winning characteristics throughout his career. Jack will be a great addition and we look forward to seeing his undoubted quality in a West Ham United shirt over the coming years as we fight for important goals at the Club.”

Born in Hertfordshire, Wilshere grew up in a West Ham-supporting family, idolising the likes of John Moncur, Paolo Di Canio and Joe Cole.

Wilshere joined Arsenal at the age of nine and rose through the ranks to make his first team debut in a Premier League match at Blackburn Rovers in September 2008 – when he was just 16.

After a successful loan spell with Bolton Wanderers, he returned to Emirates Stadium and became a Premier League regular while still a teenager.

A two-time FA Cup winner, Wilshere played 27 times in the UEFA Champions League for the Gunners, announcing himself with an outstanding display in a Round of 16 victory over Barcelona in February 2011.

The last two seasons have brought plenty of first-team action for the midfielder, with 27 appearances during a loan spell at AFC Bournemouth in 2016/17 being followed by 38 outings in all competitions for the Gunners last term, including 13 in their run to the UEFA Europa League semi-finals.

Internationally, he featured in the 2014 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2016 with England, scoring twice in his 34 appearances for the Three Lions.

West Ham United would like to welcome Jack and his family to the Club and wish him every success in his career in Claret and Blue.

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J.Riddle 1:53 Sun Jul 15
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Great addition and will do very well for us, just all down to whether he can stay injury free, only time will tell, a gamble, one that I hope pays off?

daveyg 1:43 Sun Jul 15
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Can anyone enlighten me on the reason he is a week behind the rest of the squad in match fitness ?

Coffee 12:41 Sun Jul 15
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Reason 4

stepney hammer 4:05 Sat Jul 14
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Yarmolenko starts today, Wilshere not in the squad.

Surely not...

normannomates 2:42 Wed Jul 11
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Stewart Robson was a big signing for us back then.

he was a classy player..very West Ham..but injuries were his forte..unfortunately.

hard to believe..Brady..Robson..Ince .. all in that squad that were relegated in 89

Mace66 2:42 Wed Jul 11
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Flip of a coin this one for me.

normannomates 2:36 Wed Jul 11
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And welcome Jack Wilshere

good signing

normannomates 2:35 Wed Jul 11
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trevor b 6.55

yes mate..

great left peg and proper footballer was Brady...

arse end of his career with us ..but still class

Cheezey Bell-End 2:25 Wed Jul 11
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Robson was great. I saw him not long ago in Southwark. Looks the same, but bald.

eusebiovic 1:34 Wed Jul 11
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Lertie Button 10:20 Tue Jul 10

I mentioned Stuart Robson a lot earlier in this thread but I'm glad that somebody else remembered him as well...

From what I can recall he spent at least 4 years with us but we only got about a season and a half out of him.

The one season he managed to stay fit he got HOTY

Norflundon 12:08 Wed Jul 11
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Lertie tbf lot of comparison with Robson who never got over his injuries. Hoping like you said more of a Reid or I’m sure Giggs was very injury prone when he was young then seemed to play for ever without getting injured

gph 11:27 Tue Jul 10
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Suker took the piss out of us, turning in shit performances in a period when he was still getting rave reviews for games for Croatia.

Jack won't suffer from lack of motivation, in my view

Lertie Button 10:20 Tue Jul 10
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Fair point about Brady but I notice no one has mentioned Stewart Robson.
The future of English football, came to us because he was an injury proned disaster and turned out to be an injury proned disaster.
Just hoping Wilshere will be more of a Peter Reid, serious injury issues then had a few great seasons at Everton, was a catalyst for there great success in the 80s.

Yarmouth 9:36 Tue Jul 10
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Great signing

Bob De Niro 7:11 Tue Jul 10
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IMO this is fairly simple, if he stays injury free he'll be a great signing, if he doesn't he won't be. Fingers x.

Swiss. 7:07 Tue Jul 10
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My youngest is a gooner and he's gutted. My eldest a Hammer and he's well happy.

Trevor B 7:06 Tue Jul 10
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Stuart Pearce at Arsenal? Good Lord.

Gavros 7:01 Tue Jul 10
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Blackburn wasnt it?

Far Cough 7:01 Tue Jul 10
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Toon

Far Cough 7:00 Tue Jul 10
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Stuart, I thought we got him from the Arse, apparently not

Trevor B 6:57 Tue Jul 10
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Ian or Stuart?

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