Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has joined Bournemouth on loan for the rest of the season as he tries to revive his career by getting more playing time away from the Emirates Stadium.
Both clubs confirmed the deal on Wednesday evening after Wilshere, 24, opted for the south-coast club over Crystal Palace or Roma.
Bournemouth chief executive Neill Blake told his club’s official website: “Jack is a fantastic addition to the club.
“He is a player that needs no introduction and one that, quite rightly, our supporters will be excited to see in a Bournemouth shirt.
“He will bring a wealth of international and Premier League experience, so we are delighted to be able to welcome a player of his calibre to the club.”
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– AFC Bournemouth (@afcbournemouth) August 31, 2016
His decision came after a day of speculation over his future that had followed Arsenal’s sanctioning of a temporary move.
Wilshere met Bournemouth officials including manager Eddie Howe on Tuesday, and also held a similar meeting with Palace manager Alan Pardew.
Roma made a concerted approach on Wednesday, a move that sources say was of serious interest to the England international.
However, Eddie Howe’s team play a similar brand of passing football to Arsenal, and sources say that the stability of the setup at Dean Court was also an attraction.
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– Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) August 31, 2016
His injury problems have pushed him out of Arsene Wenger’s first-choice lineup, and he decided to go on loan after being left out of Sam Allardyce’s first England squad because of his lack of playing time.
Wilshere made his Arsenal debut at the age of 16 and has shown electrifying form for both the Gunners and England at times, but injuries have hampered his career and he missed nearly all of last season with a broken ankle.
With Mesut Ozil occupying the No. 10 role Wilshere craves and central midfielder Granit Xhaka having arrived in the summer, Wilshere’s prospects of being a regular starter have diminished.
He has yet to make a Premier League start this season, playing just 37 minutes as a substitute after making just one start in the whole of the 2015-16 campaign prior to disappointing with England at Euro 2016.
The deal is a boost to Bournemouth, who are in their second season in the Premier League and have taken just one point from their first three games.