Jack Wilshere is back training with Arsenal, joining fitness sessions and attending youth matches over the last couple of days.
Arsenal have confirmed that Jack Wilshere is back at London Colney, with the club helping the player to prepare and train for his next step while he does his coaching badges.
Speaking to the club website, Mikel Arteta explained that we shouldn’t expect anything more than that from Wilshere’s return to the club, but he’ll hopefully be able to impart his experiences on Arsenal’s younger players.
“What you should believe is that we want to help Jack prepare for his next stage, physically, mentally,” Mikel Arteta said. “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.
“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.
“[We will] try to get him fit, try to get his experiences across to our players, our young players, our academy and I think it is a great influence to have around.”
Wilshere has also been endearing himself to the Arsenal fans by being spotted wearing club gear at Wednesday’s u23 match against AFC Bournemouth.
Presumably, he was invited by Arsenal as part of that drive to utilise his experience to help mentor the young players. Having watched the game, he should now be able to give one or two of them some advice.
According to Mark Mann-Bryans, Wilshere will predominantly train with the Arsenal u23s, though he will also join the first-team occasionally.
It’s certainly good of Arsenal to follow through on the recent quotes from Arteta that they were in talks with Wilshere and willing to welcome him back to training.
Arteta has always been clear that this isn’t set to lead to a playing contract, and that doesn’t seem likely to change. At least it makes it more likely Wilshere will be able to get playing again somewhere though.