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Olivier Giroud admits he was disappointed to hear that Jack Wilshere will be leaving Arsenal this summer

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Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere Photo: Puma

Olivier Giroud has admitted that he was sad to hear that Jack Wilshere will be leaving Arsenal this summer.

The England midfielder announced that he will be leaving the Emirates after 17 years at his boyhood club when his contract expires at the end of the month.

Wilshere revealed that he spoke with new Arsenal boss Emery, who informed the 26-year-old that he was not part of his first-team plans moving forwards.

The midfielder will now leave Arsenal on a free transfer at the end of the month as he looks to try and prove himself at another club in the seasons to come.

Giroud played alongside Wilshere for many years before the striker ended up signing for Chelsea FC in the January transfer window.

And the France international has admitted his disappointment at learning that Wilshere is on his way out of the north London club this summer.

Speaking in an interview with Metro, Giroud said: “It’s big news and I’m very sad to hear it, because he’s a good friend.

“Jack is a good lad, a very good player, very talented and it is a shame he has had so many injuries.

“But he came back well last season and it was good to see him on the pitch, enjoying his game and being strong.”

Arsenal are believed to be on the lookout for a number of new signings this summer as they look to assemble a team capable of winning the Premier League next season.

The Gunners landed goalkeeper Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen last week.

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