At West Ham, however, the opinion seems to be that the 34-time England worldwide has merely joined a club who seem to collect players on the decline - an opinion Wilshere will surely be using as motivation.
Of late, Wilshere has also had to suffer the indignity of not not just being dropped from the Arsenal side, the England national side, but has also had to see the Lions far surpass anything managed in a tournament when he has been in the squad.
"It feels good, it feels special", said Wilshere, whose father and brother are also lifelong Hammers.
"After speaking with the manager and those at the club I knew my future was at the London Stadium and I can't wait to get going now".
Speaking after signing for West Ham, the 26-year-old said he feels good joining his childhood club. "It feels good and of course my family and a few of my friends are West Ham fans so everyone's buzzing".
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The 26-year-old midfielder had also attracted interest from Italy and Turkey, but in the end chose to join the club he supported as a boy.
West Ham finished 13th in their last campaign. He's an exceptional player - he can pass people, he can give a final ball, he has a fantastic football brain. It is telling that none of the Premier League's traditional "big hitters" appeared to be interested, while he never really seemed to be in contention for a place in England's World Cup squad either.
The injury-plagued Wilshere proved his fitness for the Gunners last season, making 29 starts in all competitions.
The England worldwide put pen-to-paper with the Hammers and will fly out to Switzerland to link up with Manuel Pellegrini's squad at their pre-season training camp in Bad Ragaz. He'll be hoping to get the best out of Wilshere. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling.