Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere believes Bournemouth will provide him with the perfect environment to develop his game after joining on loan.
The 24-year-old took part in his first training session with the Cherries after completing the deal just ahead of the closure of the transfer window late on Wednesday evening.
Wilshere made his debut for the Gunners in 2008, becoming the club’s youngest league player aged 16 and 256 days.
However, following a run of injury setbacks, the combative midfielder has recently struggled to cement his place at the heart of Arsene Wenger’s side.
Wilshere, though, does not see the switch to the south coast, where he will reunite with former Arsenal academy team-mate Benik Afobe, as anything other than positive.
In a post on his official Twitter account, Wilshere wrote: “I’m delighted to have joined Bournemouth on a season long loan and would like to thank everyone at the club for making me feel so welcome.
“I had a good chat with the manager and feel sure that this is the best place for me to play and develop this season.
“I am looking forward to working hard every day with the coaching staff and my new team-mates to help the club achieve success on the pitch.
“Thanks for all of your support.”
It has been reported that Bournemouth agreed to pay a £2million loan fee to Arsenal and will also cover his £80,000-a-week wages in full.
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe believes the capture of Wilshere is something of a coup for the Cherries, who had competition from the likes of Crystal Palace as well as European sides including Roma and Sporting Lisbon.
“I am obviously delighted that he chose us ahead of a number of other clubs and I think he will do really, really well for the team,” Howe told Sky Sports News HQ.
“I think it is a big thing for us. It is a step into the unknown in the respect that Jack is out there on his own in terms of his profile and the type of player we have attracted, but I think it is one that can work for both sides.
“He can definitely compliment the style of football and the way that we play and maybe add that missing piece of the jigsaw that we need.”
Wilshere, who is not part of Sam Allardyce’s first England squad, could make his Bournemouth debut after the international break at home to West Brom on September 10.