Jack Wilshere set to make Bournemouth debut against AC Milan
By Andy Burton & Rory O'Callaghan
Last Updated: 01/09/16 5:23pm
Jack Wilshere is expected to make his first appearance in a Bournemouth shirt this Saturday against one of the teams he rejected on transfer deadline day, AC Milan.
The Italian giants are Bournemouth's opponents at The Vitality Stadium in a testimonial match for club legend Warren Cummings.
Wilshere is in line to make his first appearance for Eddie Howe's side since joining the Cherries on a season-long loan from Arsenal on transfer deadline day.
The 24-year-old, who has struggled for fitness throughout his career at the Emirates, has been allowed to leave the Gunners in order to get regular first-team football.
Wilshere attracted a number of suitors across Europe once Arsenal made it clear they would allow the England international to leave on loan this summer
AC Milan and Roma were just two of the clubs interested in taking the midfielder on loan but Wilshere turned down an opportunity to play in the Europa League with the latter in order to stay in the Premier League with Bournemouth.
"I'm delighted to have joined Bournemouth on a season long loan and would like to thank everyone at the club for making me feel so welcome," Wilshere said, in a statement on Twitter.
"I had a good chat with the manager and feel sure that this is the best place for me to play and develop this season.
"I am looking forward to working hard every day with the coaching staff and my new team-mates to help the club achieve success on the pitch.
"Thanks for all of your support."
In a further boost for Bournemouth boss Howe, defender Tyrone Mings is expected to start his first match in a year against Milan, after missing almost all of last season through injury.