One the of players who temporarily said goodbye to the club before the recent transfer window closed has reflected on what forced him to make that decision.
Arsene Wenger did not see out a mass exodus at the club during the summer transfer window with Serge Gnabry being the only player permanently sold after Matheiu Flamini, Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky were released.
Nonetheless, the likes of Wojciech Szczesny, Joel Campbell and Takuma Asano all joined Jack Wilshere on the list of players loaned out for the season.
Perhaps, unlike the rest of the Arsenal loanees, Wilshere’s short-term move away from the club was completely his own decision.
And the 24-year-old, who is still finding his feet at Bournemouth, has revealed why he felt the need to make that bold move.
“At the moment I am just trying to have a season where it puts me in a good position at the end of the year, that I have improved as a player and Arsenal want me back,” Wilshere said in an interview
“I could have stayed at Arsenal, been the player that comes on now and then off the bench, starts in the odd cup game, but I wanted more than that.”