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Mikel Arteta on Jack Wilshere playing for Arsenal again: ‘I wouldn’t take it that far.’

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 29: Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta of reacts during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Chelsea FC at Emirates Stadium on December 29, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Jack Wilshere has been without a club since leaving Bournemouth in the summer. However, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has confirmed that they are speaking with their former midfielder to help him to take the next step in his career. Arteta last week admitting that the door is “always open” for Wilshere at Arsenal.

However, he stopped short of confirming that Wilshere would play for Arsenal again, returning to training with the club the most likely outcome.

When asked about Wilshere, Arteta said the club was willing to help the player as much as they could. But he was quick to silence rumors of Wilshere playing for Arsenal again.

“We are willing to help him as much as possibly can. He knows that and that’s the situation.[But] I wouldn’t take it that far.”

Mikel Arteta on Jack Wilshere situation

Wilshere broke into the Arsenal first team as an 18-year-old back in 2010, but injuries curtailed his career. After making 49 appearances during the 2010/11 season, Wilshere missed the entire 2011/12 season due to an ankle injury. This would turn out to be the beginning of a long list of injuries. Expectations were always high for Wilsher, having burst on the scene so young. He recently spoke out on coming to terms with his career and bettering his mental health.

“I always thought that speaking out or speaking to someone- especially in the media- would almost come across as a weakness because the general perception of footballers is that ‘they have everything, wgat have they got to moan about? They’ve got a great life.’ The depressive thoughts don’t care if you’re a footballer. I think it’s important to speak out.”

Jack Wilshere

After re-establishing himself in the team between 2012-2014, injuries took over once moreā€”the player managed just 39 league appearances across the next four seasons, including a season-long loan. Ill-fated spells at West Ham and, most recently, Bournemouth have followed for Wilshere since being released by Arsenal in 2018.

While a return to playing for Arsenal may not be on the cards for Jack Wilshere, a return to team training will undoubtedly provide him with the best platform to show clubs around England he can still offer something to them, especially at just 29 years of age.

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