Wilshere Joins West Ham on Free Transfer
West Ham United have announced the signing of Jack Wilshere on a free transfer from Arsenal. The 26 year old had seen his contract with The Gunners expire, and has signed a deal to play with his childhood team West Ham. Wilshere has signed for three years, and at just 26 The Hammers are going to get his best years out of him if he can stay fit. That will be the big question mark hanging over Wilshere, but with his transfer coming on a free, it was a risk that West Ham could afford to take. Should he fight on and get past his injury problems then there is no doubt that his signature will be considered a great move for the club, and one that can really help them on the field.
Wilshere's pedigree alone is enough to make him of great interest to any Premier League club. He has 34 England caps to his name, along with 197 appearances for Arsenal and also a year at Bournemouth so his Premier League credentials cannot be challenged. He was part of the Arsenal team that lifted the FA Cup in both 2014 and 2015, a competition that West Ham will target as one they can succeed in, with them not being able to challenge in the league. With a player of such quality and experience coming into the team, West Ham are going to be in a much better position to challenge in cup competitions like that one, and it would be no surprise to see them do well.
Despite finishing in 13th last season, West Ham won just ten games and that is certainly something they will be looking to build on. The move to the Olympic Stadium was something that was supposed to fire them into a challenging position for European places, but so far it hasn't worked out well at all. With a summer to calm things down, the club now has a chance to move on with a clean slate, and bringing in proven Premier League experience in the form of Wilshere will certainly help them to get off to a good start this coming campaign.
Tricky Season Opener Awaits West Ham
While West Ham will be looking to get off to a good start in August, they haven't been handed the easiest of starting points. They travel to Liverpool on the opening day of the season in what is sure to be a tough test for them. The early betting on that game has them at 17/2, showing the bookmakers think a tough day lies ahead for them. However, the one positive for them is that no one will expect them to go to Liverpool and win, so they can begin life in a pressure free environment. Should they manage to pull something out of the bag and win the game then that would be the ideal start to life for them, and a huge boost to their confidence.
West Ham need to make move and improve on last season's performance to keep their fans happy. The signing of Jack Wilshere is one that looks to be a good move, and if he can remain fit then he looks the kind of player who will thrive helping West Ham reach the top half of the Premier League, and stay in it.