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West Ham announce signing of former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere

09 July 2018, 11:13 | Charlene Valdez

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He will fly out to Switzerland to meet his new manager and team-mates, who have already started their pre-season preparations ahead of the 2018/19 Premier League season.

'It feels good, it feels special, ' said Wilshere.

"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 will join West Ham after being on Arsenal's books for 17 years, in what will be a hard jump to make for him.

Wilshere said there were various factors that influenced him to join the club.

Wilshere could play as one of the three midfielders in front of defence if Pellegrini decides to utilise the 4-3-3 system he used at Manchester City.

Signing the former Gunner, who has enjoyed loan spells at Bolton and Bournemouth, means acquiring a player laced with Premier League experience.

The 26-year-old midfielder made the emotional decision to leave Arsenal last month.

According to a report from Sky Sports' live transfer blog (09/07; 17:58), West Ham have rejected bids for Pedro Obiang from Fiorentina and Atalanta this summer but are willing to sell the midfielder before the window closes.

He impressed on his return to Arsenal last season but the 34-cap England worldwide was unable to force his way into the squad for the World Cup.

"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".

The Hammers announced the signing on Monday afternoon with video on their social media, showing "Wilshere" standing outside of Arsenal tube station and, rather than getting on the tube like a normal human, flagging down a cab to take him to the London Stadium.

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