Arsenal manager Unai Emery will have to figure out how to tackle Jack Wilshere, when West Ham travel to Emirates on Saturday, August 24.
Wilshere faces the Gunners for the first time in his career. Despite being on loan to different clubs during his time with Arsenal, he was not allowed to play against his parent club.
According to Daily Star (UK), Gunners boss Emery and Wilshere had a 15 minute conversation in Colney training ground and that was it for Wilshere as a Gunner, after 17 years of service.
" I spoke with him for 15 minutes here in Colney (training ground) before he left," the Arsenal boss said.
"Our conversation was very clear. For me, one thing is important for him - to be a protagonist in a new project," Emery said.
Emery said Wilshere would not have played a central role in his team had he opted to stay on with the Emirates outfit.
It is understood that Wilshere was desperate to stay in his boyhood club but was forced to clear out his belongings and say goodbye to old friends after his new boss made his plans clear.
He informed the 26-year old that he was unlikely to feature regularly under his reign at the London club following the signings of Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi.
"Now I am very concentrated for us and our players and also I wish him the best in his career at West Ham - but not Saturday," the Spaniard said.
However, the Englishman has sent Emery a fiery warning ahead of his emotional return to the Emirates, Briefly.co.za learned.
According to reports, Wilshere will be out to prove Emery was wrong to end his football career at the Gunners.
'‘It’ll be a strange one for me as I was never able to go there and play when I went out on loan as you can play against your parent club, but it’s one I’m looking forward to," Wilshere said.
The Gunners are yet to win a single point, having lost both of their opening matches to Manchester City and Chelsea. They will be looking to record their first win when they face West Ham on Saturday.
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