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Jack Wilshere signs for West Ham on three-year contract

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Kristopher Love | 10 July, 2018, 17:21

The 26-year-old England player's contract with the Gunners expired at the end of June.

The Hammers announced the news on Monday afternoon, keeping the England worldwide in the Premier League (and in London) on a three-year deal.

"I think I must have been about six or seven, my whole family were West Ham fans, I was a West Ham fan, still have a soft spot for them of course".

Wilshere joins after leaving Arsenal on a free transfer following 17 years at all levels with the club, with West Ham beating off competition from Fenerbache for his signature. He's got to be ready for the challenge because the West Ham fans, if things aren't going well they can be pretty ferocious as we've seen this year.

"Jack is a player with excellent technical ability, combined with great energy and commitment, and has proven his quality both in the Premier League and at global level". Not many clubs could fill it week in, week out, and West Ham do.

"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".

Born in Hertfordshire, Wilshere grew up in a family of Irons supporters.

Wilshere - whose contract ran out at the end of June - made a decision to look for a new club when new Gunners manager Unai Emery told him he would not be a first choice next season.

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Injuries, though, have been the bane of his existence; nevertheless, he's accumulated no fewer than 166 appearances in England's top-flight, with him averaging 33.5 matches played across the last two seasons.