Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck has tipped Jack Wilshere to go on to the next level after leaving the Emirates Stadium. The England striker said he was gutted to see him teammate leave the north London club but then he understood the reason for the decision.

Wilshere explained that despite the club offering him a reduced contract offer due to his fitness situation, the incoming manager Unai Emery told him clearly that he would have considerable playing time so he decided to leave Arsenal.

Welbeck said he would remain “very close” to Wilshere even though he wouldn’t be able to see him every day. The former Manchester United man said the Gunner fans would miss Wilshere, who leave the club in a free transfer.

“Jack’s contract was coming to an end, the contract was there for him to sign but he’s decided it’s best for him to leave and he feels like it’s come to a time where he’s made that decision and has to move on,” Welbeck said.

Welbeck advised his pal to grab whatever opportunity comes with both hands and keep on improving to take himself to “the next level.” West Ham and Everton are already lining up to sign the player. His creativity, passing and game control would help them especially as he comes at no cost. However, the player would demand significant sign-off fee and a wages close to £100,000 per week.

Arsenal have been linked with several players as they try to complete their transfer business on time and prepare for a new era under Emery.