City boss Pep Guardiola simply didn’t fancy either player.
The loan system is being abused – and Arsenal legend Paul Merson is amazed the Gunners have allowed Wilshere, 24, to join Bournemouth for the season.
“My worry is he could lose the love of Arsenal,” said Merson.
“He could easily look at this and think, why am I the one going on loan?”
For now, Wilshere is raring to get started for The Cherries.
He said: “I met a few managers, but the one that stood out was Eddie Howe and as soon as I met him I wanted to get down here and get started.