Loyal servants of a club might play for 14 years, 7 as a full-on champ and the last 3 as an ageing, injury prone player who gets less and less game time. He’s increasingly used as a shock weapon for limited periods on the field.
Best for all parties I would say. Wilshere is just not the player he was and is still injury prone. Arsenal need to move away from this type of player if they really want to progress.
The President of Melbourne Football Club, the oldest football club in the world  said, some decades ago, “Football is cruel, life is cruel.”
Every player knows it must come one day and Geelong FC are notorious for offloading old champs who brought them premierships. It tries to find them other roles but their playing days at the top level are over. So many of them, once those injuries kick in, go to lesser clubs for a one or two year contract, and then quietly retire. Some just retire there and then.
Wilshere, the booze and partying champ, put in some good games, even game turning games, but he never reached those expected heights week in, week out. His terse and dignified comments yesterday are sad but the club comes first. The fans and dare we say it – the sponsors – demand a team be at its height the whole time.
Some clubs move too early and rid themselves of experience when the youngster coming up most need that advice and steadying influence – it’s a fine balancing act.