Arsene Wenger reportedly warned Jack Wilshere that he is playing for his Arsenal future at Bournemouth before the midfielder completed his season-long loan move.
The Sun is claiming that the Arsenal manager spoke to the England international in a tense phone call on transfer deadline day as Wilshere sought a temporary switch.
The article states that Wenger was reluctant to allow the 24-year-old midfielder to move to the Cherries on a season-long loan.
However, the same story says that Wilshere was determined to secure first-team minutes after Sam Allardyce left the midfielder out of his first England squad.
The former Bolton Wanderers midfielder made his Bournemouth debut on Saturday afternoon as Eddie Howe’s side lost 1-0 to AC Milan in a friendly at the Vitality Stadium following former Liverpool midfielder Suso’s winner.
Wilshere didn’t secure a starting spot in Arsenal’s opening three Premier League games of the new season.
The England star has fallen further down the pecking order following the £33m arrival of Switzerland defensive midfielder Granit Xhaka from Bundesliga club Borussia Monchengladbach.
It was certainly a shocking move given Wilshere’s status at boyhood club Arsenal and his long-held reputation as one of Europe’s outstanding young players.
Wilshere, 24, has an extensive injury record starting back in 2009 when he suffered the first of many serious ankle injuries.
Despite having a minor knee injury in pre-season, Wilshere has recovered to be on the substitute’s bench for each of Arsenal’s three Premier League matches this season.
Even the Arsenal fans have been left baffled on Twitter over the news that the England man is leaving the club after all these years.