The England international was on the peripherals of the Gunners’ first-team and requested more playing time, prompting Arsene Wenger to allow him to leave on loan.
Indeed, Wilshere went on to join Bolton under then boss Owen Coyle, though it could have been different from the midfielder as he admits both West Ham and Hull City were fellow options.
“I’d been playing in the reserves, on the edge of the first team and coming on,” Wilshere explained.
“I remember saying to the boss that I wanted to play, and he said, ‘great, you have three options’ one which was West Ham, [the other] Hull and Bolton.”
Wilshere went on to explain how Owen Coyle was a factor in him joining Bolton, and his spell at the Macron Stadium was a success as he featured in 14 Premier League matches between January and May.
Bolton finished 14th that season, while the Hammers narrowly avoided relegation after picking up just 35 points in a rather forgettable campaign in East London.
The decision to join Bolton helped Wilshere establish himself as a Premier League footballer, and the ensuing season he made 35 league appearances for the Gunners and represented England.
Now, the 24-year-old is still sidelined with injuries and may not feature until at least the end of March.