Arteta Confirms Arsenal Could Offer Free Agent Jack Wilshere Lifeline

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has refused to rule out bringing Jack Wilshere back to the club after the player left Bournemouth over the summer.

The 29-year-old who made 197 appearances for The Gunners after rising through the ranks at the club under Arsene Wenger, winning two FA Cups.

Arteta is an admirer of Wilshere, having played alongside him at the Emirates Stadium. Wilshere has returned from a spell training with Serie B side Como where Dennis Wise is part of the technical staff and the Spaniard has welcomed his former teammate back to London Colney base.

Wilshere walks over to the supporters whilst at Arsenal.

““He is someone that I know who I shared the dressing room with, who is so loved around the club with every person here and our doors are always open.”


Arsenal currently sit rock-bottom of the Premier League after three games and whether Wilshere will take this opportunity to train and possibly earn himself a short-term contract back at the club he loves, remains to be seen.

Wilshere, regarded as a possible future England captain, was in the national team set up for Euro 2016 but more injuries saw him struggle after leaving Arsenal. He joined West Ham before moving to Bournemouth in the Championship were he played more consistently.

He is part of a generation of midfielders who didn’t sustain their promise at the top showing how difficult it is. Ravel Morrison and Ross Barkley are other examples were it looked like they would be mainstays for club and country.

Arteta has been frustrated by his side’s lack of presence in midfield. They welcome back Thomas Partey for this weekend’s match against Norwich on Saturday afternoon and its one the manager feels he must deliver.

“It always is (must-win) at Arsenal and the pressure is always there to be as high as possible in that league table.” he said:

“We need the first win, we are going to play in front of our fans after a disappointing start, so it’s down to us to provide everything we have performance-wise to earn the result we want at the end.”

Jack Wilshere talks to former boss Arsene Wenger at training.

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