The England international was convinced to join the club by new boss Manuel Pellegrini
Jack Wilshere believes he can bring more quality to West Ham United after being convinced to join by new boss Manuel Pellegrini.
The midfielder left Arsenal to join his boyhood club earlier this summer after the expiration of his contract with the Gunners.
Despite Unai Emery refusing to guarantee him regular game time, former Manchester City boss Pellegrini promised the England international he would be at the forefront of the Hammers’ plans for the upcoming season.
“I think the biggest decision I had to make this summer was whether to leave Arsenal or not,” Wilshere told talkSPORT.
“Once I made that decision, I wanted to go away and have a little break and think about what I want, see who’s interested and then once I sat down with Manuel [Pellegrini] it was pretty easy.
“I wanted to be part of the way he wants to take the club forward, the way he wants to play and he made it pretty easy.”
After a rather peculiar campaign last time out which saw the club flirt with relegation before securing safety under David Moyes, West Ham fans will be hoping their new boss can bring much needed stability to the club.
The signing of Wilshere on a free transfer could prove to be a shrewd piece of business, despite talkSPORT’s very own Adrian Durham labelling the move ‘appalling’.
But the 26-year-old admitted he could not wait to show his worth in east London.
He said: “In terms of what I think I can bring to the team is maybe a little bit more quality in the final third and try and find key passes.
“We’ve got players here, [Marko] Arnautovic who has great movement so he makes it easy for players like me.
“And as well my experience in big games in the Premier League where we’re going to find out what we’re made of in the first game of the season away at Liverpool, and then away at Arsenal a couple of weeks later.
“I think in the past maybe West Ham have struggled in them games and with the new players the manager has brought in, new style of players we currently have, I think we can more than handle ourselves in those games.”
After several rather disappointing summer windows, the club have moved quickly to strengthen their spine.
Ryan Fredericks, Issa Diop, Lukasz Fabianksi, Andriy Yarmolenko, Felipe Anderson and Fabian Balbeuna have all arrived at the London Stadium alongside Wilshere.
And the former Arsenal man believes that is all down the impact of the wily Chilean in charge.
“Yeah he was a big factor,” Wilshere added.
“I sat down with him probably a couple of weeks before I made my final decision and I didn’t really know what I wanted to do – whether I wanted to go abroad and change everything or stay in the Premier League.
“Once I spoke to him, he made it pretty obvious in my head I should be in the Premier League, playing in England because that’s where I belong at a club like West Ham so I’m looking forward to it.”