Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain admits he was surprised by this Arsenal transfer

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain admits that he was surprised to see Jack Wilshere leave Arsenal on loan this summer

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has conceded that he was very surprised to see Jack Wilshere leave Arsenal to join Bournemouth on loan for the season.

The midfielder was shipped out to the south coast club after being deemed to be surplus to requirements at Emirates Stadium this season by Arsene Wenger.

Wilshere has struggled for form and fitness in recent years at Arsenal and missed most of the last campaign with a serious ankle injury.

However, he made his return towards the end of last season and earned a call-up to the England squad for Euro 2016.

But following the arrival of Granit Xhaka in the summer transfer window, Wenger thought it best for Wilshere to gain some regular first-team playing time at another club.

And his national team-mate Oxlade-Chamberlain admits that he was surprised by the move.

Speaking in an interview with The Daily Express, Oxlade-Chamberlain said: “I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t a surprise. I give him a lot of credit for having the courage and the fight to make something like that happen.

“He felt it was right for him and he went and did it and I have a lot of respect for that. I hope he comes back.

“He’s been the star boy of Arsenal. Fans love him. He’s an amazing talent and an integral part of the squad.”

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Arsenal return to Premier League action after the international break with a home clash against Swansea City on Saturday 15 October.

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