Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Hammers sign former Arsenal star Wilshere on free transfer

Hammers sign former Arsenal star Wilshere on free transfer

The England midfielder signed a three-year deal to join the Hammers on Monday after leaving Arsenal at the end of his contract.

Wilshere, who supported West Ham as a boy, will join up with the rest of the squad at their pre-season training camp in Switzerland.

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.

"It feels good, it feels special", he said on West Ham's website.

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"After speaking with the manager and those at the club I knew my future was at the London Stadium and I can't wait to get going now".

"My family and a few of my friends are West Ham fans so everyone's buzzing".

Pellegrini added: "Most importantly, he is hungry to play for West Ham, and determined to reproduce the level of performance that he has shown in the past".

Mario Husillos, director of football at West Ham, said he and Pellegrini had made Wilshere's signing a priority once they knew he would be available.

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"I want to be playing here in front of the Hammers, and my bond I've had with the Club over my childhood will make it even more special".

West Ham finished 13th in their last campaign.

He spent his entire career with Arsenal, apart from loan spells at Bournemouth and Bolton, after joining the Premier League club's youth system as a nine-year-old.

Over the next 10 seasons, he played a total of 125 Premier League games for the Gunners, scoring seven times, with two FA Cup winners' medals to his name.

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'The West Ham fans are some of the very best and I am looking forward to giving everything I have to helping the team to bring success to you all.

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