Jack Wilshere confirms Arsenal departure and will leave on a free

Annette Crawford
June 20, 2018

"Bernd is a goalkeeper of high quality and experience", Emery told the club's website.

The Daily Telegraph is reporting that the north London side are close to completing the deal for their next summer signing as Unai Emery looks to stamp his authority on his new squad at The Emirates.

Writing on Instagram, Wilshere explained: 'I can confirm that I will be leaving Arsenal when my contract expires at the end of June. In Germany, Arsenal are so famous and when I heard it, I was a little bit nervous but at that moment it was clear for me: I wanted to sign for Arsenal. From making my debut at such a young age, to playing in the Champions League and of course winning two FA Cups in consecutive seasons, there are just too many highlights to mention.

Arsenal conceded a staggering 51 goals in the Premier League last season and ultimately finished 6th.

"Unai has a very strong and talented team and I'm delighted that they are joining us", Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis said in a statement.

Leno is expected to compete with first-team goalkeepers Petr Cech and David Ospina at Arsenal after the pair endured tough 2017-18 campaigns.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, as cited in a report from Spanish media outlet AS, new Gunners boss Emery is a huge admirer of Banega and is desperate to add him to the midfield options at his disposal for next season.


The Mirror has now reported that the 26-year-old is nearly certain to depart north London after he was informed that he would be a peripheral figure in new manager Unai Emery's plans.

Off the field, there has also been plenty of re-organisation.

"I'm also pleased that Steve Bould, Sal Bibbo and Darren Burgess will continue their work with us".

The former Gunners defender worked alongside Wenger since May 2012 after the retirement of the long-serving Pat Rice and will provide some continuity.

The highly rated goalkeeper failed to get a call up in the Germany squad for this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation.

Pablo Villanueva will join as first-team coach too.

Lehmann, who played for Arsenal's "Invincibles" in 2003-04, was among the Wenger assistants not retained.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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