Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere has completed his loan move to AFC Bournemouth, the Premier League club has announced, as the midfielder searches for first-team football.
With Arsenal adding new signing Granit Xhaka to the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla, Mohamed Elneny and Francis Coquelin this summer, Wilshere’s route to the first team has been complicated further.
The 24-year-old was reportedly loan listed by the Gunners yesterday, as he held talks with both Crystal Palace and Bournemouth, meanwhile Serie A giants AS Roma and A.C. Milan also came in contact with Arsenal regarding a move, Sky Sports News reports.
Despite Roma’s strong interest, the north Londoners are thought to have pushed back the Italians’ offer due to their conduct in an apparent pursuit for Greek defender Kostas Manolas this summer.
Subsequently, both the Gunners and Wilshere agreed to the Englishman’s season-long loan to Bournemouth, which will see the midfielder reunited with ex-Arsenal academy player Benik Afobe, who joined the Cherries last season for £11.3 million in January 2015.
Wilshere made just 14 appearances in an injury-ravaged 2015/16 season, meanwhile the England international has since made two substitute appearances since the start of the new campaign.