Jack Wilshere was part of the coaching team for an Arsenal u17 match against Watford on Tuesday, as he continues his work with the club.
An Arsenal u17 side took on Watford on Tuesday, with Bradley Ibrahim captaining the team and the likes of Henry Timi Davies and Jimi Gower involved.
Another interesting addition to the matchday setup was Jack Wilshere, who joined the coaching team for the game and posted about the match on Instagram afterwards.
“Really enjoyed being part of the Arsenal U17 coaching team last night in the London Cup,” Wilshere said. “Thought the boys were brilliant and played some really good football. Looking forward to being involved more!”
The game finished 1-1, with Gower scoring an impressive finish into the top left corner for Arsenal.
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Arsenal recently confirmed that Wilshere was back at London Colney, with the club helping the player to prepare and train for his next step while he does his coaching badges.
Wilshere later clarified that he has an agreement with the club until January, and he’s been attending some of the academy games so he’s prepared to help coach them as well.
“It is just until January,” Wilshere said. “I’m just focused on getting as fit as I can, training as much as I can and being around good players again and learning from them and the manager and see where I am in January.
“I’ve been to a couple of Under-23 games because I’m going to start helping them and coaching them and the best way to get to know players is to go and watch them play in games and learn about them.”
Wilshere was spotted in the crowd at a couple of youth games after returning, travelling to Bournemouth and Newport for u23 and u21 fixtures. But it seems Tuesday was his first opportunity to actually take on a coaching role for a game.
It will certainly be a boost for the youngsters to get some insight from a player who has been where they are now. We’ll hopefully start to see the benefits of Wilshere’s influence in the coming months.