Arsenal: Arteta opens up on Wilshere's possible return
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Jack Wilshere has refused to rule out an emotional playing return to Arsenal. Wilshere has been training with Arsenal since early October in a bid to regain his fitness ahead of his next move. He has been without a club since leaving Championship side Bournemouth at the end of last season.
Wilshere has started to work on his coaching badges with the club’s academy as well as train with the first-team squad.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta, who played alongside the midfielder during his time at the Emirates, initially said there was no chance of a short-term deal for the 29-year-old.
However, Arteta was full of praise for what he has seen from Wilshere at his press conference on Thursday.
Arsenal academy ace Bradley Ibrahim described Wilshere and summer signing Ben White earlier this week as the two best players in training.
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Asked about those comments and if there is a chance of Wilshere signing a playing contract, Arteta said: “No I think it’s a great compliment for Jack that the players that are playing alongside him think that of him.
“To be fair he’s doing really well, he’s doing better and better, and we know the qualities that Jack has.”
Wilshere made almost 200 appearances for Arsenal before leaving on a free transfer in 2018.
He has been a regular on talkSPORT in recent weeks and was again on their Drivetime show on Thursday.
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Presenter Andy Goldstein asked Wilshere who Arsenal should look to sign while midfielders Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny are at the African Cup of Nations in January.
Goldstein said: “Who do you think they should go for Jack?
“Why are you smiling? It should be someone like Jack Wilshere shouldn’t it.”
Wilshere replied: “You can say that.”
Goldstein pushed Wilshere further, asking: “Could that happen Jack?”
The former England international insisted the initial plan was just to work on his fitness.
Wilshere responded: “You’ve asked me this before and I told you, the answer has not changed.
“I went there, very kindly invited by them to come and train, keep my fitness, get my fitness back, which I’ve done. I am [training with the first team].
“They’ve got a lot of midfielders. They’ve got Ainsley Maitland-Niles.”
Wilshere then said he may play for the club’s under-23s side at some point.
Goldstein was determined to get more out of the former Arsenal academy graduate.
He pushed: “Is there a chance Jack? Is there a chance that you could be playing for Arsenal this season?”
And the two-time FA Cup winner refused to rule it out.
He said: “I don’t know mate. Honestly, I don’t know. I’ll tell you what if it happens you’ll be the first one I text.”
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