Wilshere makes Bournemouth bow in testimonial match

Date published: Saturday 3rd September 2016 7:19

Jack Wilshere: Bournemouth loan a huge surprise

Jack Wilshere: Bournemouth loan a huge surprise

Jack Wilshere played the first half of a testimonial match against AC Milan in his first appearance for Bournemouth since signing on a season-long loan move from Arsenal.

The 24-year-old completed a surprise switch to the Cherries just ahead of the closure of the transfer window late on Wednesday evening, having seen his first-team opportunities limited with the Gunners.

Wilshere, not selected for Sam Allardyce’s first England squad, was named in Bournemouth’s starting XI for Warren Cummings’ testimonial at the Vitality Stadium.

The midfielder was soon in the thick of the action, breaking down the right before crossing to Lewis Grabban, who shot wide, and then saw a curling shot saved by Milan goalkeeper Gabriel Ferreira.

Cherries boss Eddie Howe made a number of changes for the second half, including replacing Wilshere.

Milan went ahead on 64 minutes through Suso, who had a spell at Liverpool earlier in his career, but Bournemouth were soon level through Lys Mousset, who joined the English side from Le Havre in the summer.

The Italian side were swiftly in front again on 66 minutes when M’Baye Niang converted a penalty having been fouled by Cherries keeper Jordan Holmes.

Wilshere could be set for his Premier League debut with Bournemouth after the international break at home to West Brom on September 10.

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