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Former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas has confirmed what fans have always thought about ex-starlet Jack Wilshere.

The Monaco midfielder, 34, played with Wilshere for three years at the Emirates between 2008 and 2011, and the pair were considered two of Arsene Wenger's most prized assets.

Having recently been released by Bournemouth, the former England international's career hasn't panned out as many expected.

Gunners supporters will recall Wilshere's spellbinding playmaking performances, particularly in 2011 when he ran the show against Pep Guardiola's Barcelona.

Fabregas returned to his native Spain that summer and like most Arsenal fans, would've expected the young English star to become one of the Premier League and world's best for years to come.

Wilshere and Fabregas both came through the Arsenal academy and spent three years as senior teammates
(Image: Clive Rose)

However, due to injuries and a loss of form when he did play, Wilshere never lived up to those expectations, and spells at West Ham United and down on the south coast proved fruitless.

When asked on Twitter if Wilshere could've been one of the best players in Europe if not for his injury woes, Fabregas replied: 'No doubts.'

It's not the first time the Spaniard has praised his former teammate, telling the Daily Mail in 2016: "Jack was such a good talent, one of the most talented players I've ever played with.

"He was just 16 when he first came to train with us and I was like 'wow this guy is good, strong, sharp.'"

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A select bunch Brits have gone on to make their name on the European stage as well as in their homeland, and Fabregas believes Wilshere would've gone on to big things at two of the world's biggest clubs if he maintained his fitness from a younger age.

"It's a big shame what has happened to him, I feel sorry because he could have been a proper English legend of the game," said the two-time Premier League winner with Chelsea.

"We always talk about how British players would adapt to teams in Europe – I always believed that Jack was one of the few Brits who could have made it big time at Real Madrid or Barcelona.

"Same with Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale. These guys are so talented, without injuries they could have done much more."

Like Wenger, Wilshere emotionally departed the Emirates in 2018, and his time with West Ham and the Cherries saw him rack up just 36 appearances across three seasons.

The technically-gifted midfielder could be on the lookout for a new club this summer and although potential suitors won't be at a premium, picking the right destination will be key at his age.

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The now ex-Cherry ominously thanked Bournemouth fans upon his release on Instagram, saying: "Thank you to everyone at Bournemouth for the last five months.

"My teammates, all the staff and especially the fans, you were amazing last time and continued to support me this time.

"Being honest, I don't know if this is the end. The coming weeks will tell."