On deadline day, Jack Wilshere had a number of destinations from which to choose. He could have gone to Italy, he could have stayed in London. Instead, he made the temporary move to the English south coast with Bournemouth.
Last season Bournemouth finished five points above the relegation zone. Considering the more illustrious clubs Wilshere could have joined, it was a surprise he chose Eddie Howe's side.
At Bournemouth, Wilshere will compete for a midfield place with Ireland international Harry Arter. The 26-year-old was one of his side's best players last season.
The acquisition of Wilshere does not bother Arter. His confidence is unshaken by Bournemouth signing the England midfielder.
Bournemouth signed Arter for just £4,000 six years ago from Woking. In the interim, he has seen plenty of competition for his place come and go.
Arter told the Daily Star that the addition of Wilshere will only help him prosper.
I’ve got confidence in my ability that Jack signing won’t push me to the bench.
I’ve been part of the club for the last six years now. Every year the manager has brought in added competition.
Up until now, I haven’t missed a game through anything other than an injury. So I’m thankful for the manager always playing me.
The competition has got even harder. That’s what I thrive on. I want to become a better player and I’m only going to do that if the manager brings in players of Jack’s ability.
I get a little bit of stick from the lads when we are signing players for millions and there is me priced at £4,000.
But for every player there is a different story and I’m really proud of how I’ve got to where I am. It’s been a lot of hard work and continues to be.
I’d rather keep the £4,000 tag quiet and maybe add a few extra noughts on the end.