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Arteta – Why Wilshere is training with us again

Arteta - Why Wilshere is training with us again

The news that Jack Wilshere is back at London Colney will certainly capture the attention of Arsenal fans – but what is the thinking behind it all?

Such is the way of football, there will be speculation that our former midfielder could be set for a fairytale return – so what’s the truth of the matter?

“What you should believe is that we want to help Jack prepare for his next stage, physically, mentally,” Mikel Arteta told Arsenal.com.

“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.”

Mikel Arteta believes that Jack Wilshere’s vast experience will allow him to provide invaluable insight to the younger members of the club.

Having played alongside him, our manager knows exactly what the former England international can offer around the training ground to those aiming to make the breakthrough.

“He has experienced that better than anyone else, he was an extremely successful player and we have some really good examples of the path,” Arteta told Arsenal.com.

“[For a young player] it is about making it here, beginning to establish yourself and then taking it to the next level for many years and that is very complicated and I think Jack has a great experience to share and talk about what he has been through in his career.”

So what does Mikel hope Jack achieves during his time back with us?

“That physically he can keep himself fit, because obviously we know the issues that injuries have caused him in his career,” he said.

“The other one is that he feels love for the club, that he feels attached and with the same regard that we have for him.

“When you have been away for many years, maybe you can lose that sense or can question yourself but there is no question: we all love him, we’re happy to have him around and he is a big part of our history.”

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