Jack Wilshere has announced that he will leave Arsenal after 17 years despite having agreed to sign a new contract on reduced terms.
Injury issues had influenced that offer, with Arsenal eager to see a home-grown talent prove his form and fitness if remaining on their books.
There has, however, been a U-turn following a meeting between Wilshere and new Gunners boss Unai Emery.
A man with 197 Arsenal appearances to his name wrote in a message in Instagram: “I can confirm that I will be leaving Arsenal when my contract expires at the end of June.
“Following a number of extensive conversations with those at the club, and in particular a recent meeting with new manager Unai Emery, I felt that I was ultimately left with little choice but to make the decision that I have due to purely footballing reasons.
“However following my meeting with the new manager I was made aware that although the reduced contract offer remained, it was made clear to me that my playing time would be significantly reduced should I decide to stay.”