West Ham have made a number of exciting additions in the transfer window, including the capture of England international Jack Wilshere.

The midfielder ended a 17-year association with Arsenal to sign on a free transfer with the Hammers after his contract in north London expired.

Wilshere was informed by new Gunners boss Unai Emery that he would not be guaranteed first-team football next term and the 26-year-old insists it was his decision to leave.

Speaking to The Independent, he said:

“I decided to leave. Which was a decision that took some time to come to.”

“I’ve had a bond with West Ham since growing up as a kid, going to Upton Park, looking up to the players. Obviously I had to consider all my options – abroad and in England – but once I sat down, it was clear for me.”

“They’ve got real ambitions, they’re playing in a big stadium in front of good fans, and we can really build something special. As a team, they went through quite a lot last year, but they’re really tight. That’s going to help us going forward.”