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Jack Wilshere focused on returning to playing rather than coaching despite helping Arsenal academy

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‘I feel I still have a lot to give and something to prove’: Free agent Jack Wilshere says he is not ready to devote time to his playing career and switch to coaching, despite helping the academy with former Arsenal

  • Jack Wilshere has been a free agent since his release from Bournemouth
  • He recently returned to training at Arsenal and helped the club’s academy
  • Wilshere puts on his coaching badges but isn’t ready to wrap it up as a player











Former Arsenal star Jack Wilshere has stated that he is not yet ready to devote time to his playing career and turn to coaching.

The 29-year-old has been a free agent since being released from Championship side Bournemouth late last season.

Wilshere recently trained with his former team Arsenal and has been helping their academy leader Per Mertesacker for the past month.

Jack Wilshere trains at Arsenal but hopes to find a club to continue his playing career

However, the midfielder has told Sky Sports that he still feels he has something to prove in his playing career.

He said: ‘Right now I’m working on my coaching badges and the club is helping me with that and I’m also helping some of the Academy kids.

“It’s definitely something I enjoy and maybe something to look at in the future, but for now I still want to play.

Wilshere, who made his name at Arsenal, trains at the club as he tries to get fit

Wilshere, who made his name at Arsenal, trains at the club as he tries to get fit

Wilshere also spent some time at the club's academy while working on his badges

Wilshere also spent some time at the club’s academy while working on his badges

“I feel like I still have a lot to give and something to prove, so I don’t want to be done playing yet and not start a coaching career yet.”

Wilshere became Arsenal’s youngest debutant at the age of 16, playing 198 appearances for the club.

He left the club in 2018 after injuries severely impacted his career.

Wilshere said, “It’s nice to see some old faces again with whom I’ve spent much of my life.

Wilshere (second from right) saw Arsenal and Bournemouth's U23 teams face each other earlier this month

Wilshere (second from right) saw Arsenal and Bournemouth’s U23 teams face each other earlier this month

“In terms of fitness I’m getting there and it’s great to train again with good players and the quality will only benefit me as I move forward.

“I’ll be there (at Arsenal) until January and there is no news about clubs, but hopefully something will come out then.”

Wilshere had spent the summer with Serie B side Como, but the Italian side could not sign him on a permanent contract due to EU restrictions.

The 29-year-old has been a free agent since being released from Bournemouth in the summer

The 29-year-old has been a free agent since being released from Bournemouth in the summer

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