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0Shares0000Jack Wilshere has scored 14 goals in his 197 appearances since making his debut for Arsenal in 2008 © AFP/File / Ben StansallLONDON, United Kingdom, Jun 20 – England midfielder Jack Wilshere is to end almost two decades at Arsenal and leave on a free transfer after being told by manager Unia Emery he would not be a first choice next season.The 26-year-old — scorer of 14 goals in his 197 appearances since making his debut for ‘The Gunners’ in 2008 — said he had offered to take a pay cut, which persuaded former manager Arsene Wenger to recommend he be awarded a new contract. However, Emery told the injury-prone Wilshere — who missed out on making the World Cup squad after his form faltered towards the end of the season — even with that he would not be prominent in his planning for next season.“Following a number of extensive conversations with those at the club, and in particular a recent meeting with the 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,” he said in a post on Instagram.“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.”Wilshere, who won the last of his 34 caps in the humiliating loss to Iceland at Euro 2016, said he would take his time deciding who he would play for next.Clubs such as Everton, Southampton and Crystal Palace — managed by former England handler Roy Hodgson — are reported to have shown an interest of late.“I’ll now be taking the time necessary to consider my options before deciding on the next stage of my career,” sad Wlshere.“There will be the opportunity to talk properly when the time is right but for now I would just like to thank everyone at the club for everything over the past 17 years.“In particular Arsene Wenger and his staff, all of my team-mates over the years, everyone at the academy for helping me fulfil my dream and of course the fans, who I have always shared such a special relationship with.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Denis Sheridan took on the Dublin Marathon earlier today in aid of Pieta House, and has raised a whopping €1,175 for the charity.This is Kilmacrennan man’s first attempt at the Dublin Marathon, and when some of his friends suggested he take on the challenge, he decided to raise much-needed funds for charity to boot.“Too many people have been lost to suicide here in Donegal leaving families ruined dealing with unanswered questions,” Denis explained to Donegal Daily. The busy dad of two says it has been difficult fitting training into his already jam-packed schedule.“I lead a busy lifestyle running my own business, so I’ve had to juggle a lot of things trying to get all the training done in the last four months!“I trained with Milford AC, even though the training was tough I made a lot of new friends while doing it. So doing it for Pieta house makes it feel worth the effort.“Not only will the money help Pieta House, but we are sending out a strong message to people who may be struggling with suicidal thoughts that we want to help.” It is not too late to donate to Denis’ fund – if you’d like to help you can visit his GoFundMe page by following this link:https://www.gofundme.com/4ltzr8gDenis goes the extra mile for Pieta House with remarkable marathon challenge was last modified: October 30th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DUBLIN MARATHONkilmacrennanPIeta House