‘Once a Gooner, always a Gooner’ – Jack Wilshere speaks out after Arsenal return

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Jack Wilshere

Jack Wilshere admitted he was ‘so happy to be back’ after Mikel Arteta agreed to let the midfielder join Arsenal’s first team training this week.

The former England international left the Gunners in 2018 but he’s endured difficult stints with Bournemouth and West Ham since.

Wilshere is now without a club but he’s refusing to give up on his career at the age of 29 and he asked Arteta if he could train with the Gunners to keep up his fitness and to work with the academy.

And Wilshere has thanked his former club for the ‘opportunity’, insisting that he’ll ‘always be a Gooner’.

‘So happy to be back 🔴,’ wrote Wilshere.

‘Thank you to everyone @arsenal for giving me this opportunity and making me feel so welcome.

‘Looking forward to hard work and helping @officialarsenalacademy as much as I can.

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‘It’s true what they say ‘once a Gooner, always a Gooner”

Arteta made clear last month that he had no intention of re-signing Wilshere, who he played with during his spell as a player at the Emirates.

And the Spaniard confirmed this morning that the club were happy to ‘help’ Wilshere during this stage of his career.

‘What you should believe is that we want to help Jack prepare for his next stage, physically, mentally,’ Arteta told Arsenal’s website.

‘He wants to do his coaching badges again and we are prepared to fulfil all the needs that he wants. That is basically the idea and it is no further than that.

‘I am very happy to have him back. We had a conversation with Jack and understand the needs that he has, the period that he is going through and I think everyone at the club agreed it was the right moment to help him.

‘We sat down with him and we listened to what he wanted to do and what stage he is and we are prepared to do anything we can to help him.

‘He is going to be training sometimes with us, he is going to be around the place, he is going to be continuing his coaching badges that he is very interested in, try to get him fit, try to get his experiences across to our players, our young players, our academy and I think it is great influence to have around.’


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