Jack Wilshere refuses to rule out a shocking return to Arsenal’s first team after training with Gunners who potentially need reinforcements during the African Cup of Nations
- Jack Wilshere has been out of contract since he was released by Bournemouth
- He currently trains with the former Arsenal that he left behind in 2018
- Arsenal could fall short in midfield during the African Cup of Nations
- Wilshere has refused to rule out re-involvement with Arsenal’s first team
Jack Wilshere has refused to rule out the possibility of returning to Arsenal’s first team, three years after leaving the Gunners.
The 29-year-old has been a free agent since being released by Bournemouth from the championship at the end of last season.
Wilshere has been training with the Arsenal first team to keep fit in search of a new club.
Jack Wilshere has been training with Arsenal in recent months to help him stay fit.
The Gunners could need reinforcements in midfield in January with Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny set to join teams from Ghana and Egypt respectively for the African Cup of Nations.
When asked by talkSport if he could make a shocking return to the Arsenal team, Wilshere didn’t shrug off the thought.
He said: ‘I went there, very kindly invited by them to come to train, regain my fitness, which I have done.
Former Arsenal player looking for club after departure from Bournemouth
The Gunners may need a midfield boost with Mohamed Elneny (left) and Thomas Partey absent during the African Cup of Nations.
‘I’m (training with the first team). They have a lot of midfielders, they have Ainsley Maitland-Niles … ‘
When asked if he had played for the U23 team, Wilshere answered “no”. But when asked if he could do it soon, he said, “maybe.”
When asked if there was any chance that he could play for the first team again, he said, ‘Hey, I don’t know, buddy. Honestly, I don’t know. ‘
The Africa Cup of Nations runs from January 9 to February 6, so both Partey and Elneny could miss a month of action for the Gunners.
Wilshere became Arsenal’s youngest debutant at the age of 16 and went on to make 198 appearances for the club.
Wilshere, when asked on talkSport, refused to rule out a possible return of the commotion.
He left the club in 2018 after injuries seriously affected his career.
Wilshere had spent time with Como from Serie B in the summer, but the Italian team were unable to sign him to a permanent contract due to EU restrictions.
The midfielder recently said that he had considered retiring with the dilemma of finding a club or turning to the coach.
“I have to think about it,” Wilshere said on the subject of retirement. ‘That is why I am doing the coaching. I’ve been forced to do it a bit, but I’m grateful for the opportunity.
The 29-year-old last played for Arsenal in 2018 before leaving his childhood club that summer.
“If you want to become a successful coach or coach, you have to gain as much experience as possible.”
Wilshere is open to overseas moves having tried training in Italy earlier this season with the Serie B Como.
“ I believe 100% that I can still play. I don’t care what people say or write or what they say on social media. I am an honest boy.
‘If I didn’t think I could, I’d be the first to say’ enough, I’m going to do something else ‘.
“But I’m almost at the point where I think something different, abroad, could be beneficial for me.”