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

Former Arsenal star Jack Wilshere has stated that’s he’s not ready to call time on his playing career and turn to coaching just yet.

The 29-year-old has been a free agent since being released by Championship side Bournemouth at the end of last season. 

Wilshere has recently been training with his former side Arsenal and helping out their academy chief Per Mertesacker over the past month.


Jack Wilshere is training at Arsenal but is hoping to find a club to continue his playing career


The midfielder though has told Sky Sports that he still feels he has something to prove in his playing career.

He said: ‘At the moment I am doing my coaching badges and the club is helping me with them and I am helping some of the Academy kids out as well.

‘It is certainly 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 has been training with the club as he tries to get fit

Wilshere has also spent some time with the club’s academy as he works on his badges

‘I feel like I still have a lot to give and something to prove which is why I don’t want to finish playing now and start a coaching career just yet.’

Wilshere became Arsenal’s youngest debutant at the age of 16 and went on to make 198 appearances for the club.

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

Wilshere said: ‘It’s nice to be back seeing some old faces who I spent a lot of my life with.

Wilshere (second from right) watched Arsenal and Bournemouth’s U23 sides face off earlier this month

‘Fitness-wise I am getting there and it’s great to be back training with good players and the quality is only going to be beneficial for me moving forward.

‘I’m there (at Arsenal) until January and there’s no news on any clubs but hopefully something will come up then.’

Wilshere had spent time with Serie B side Como in the summer, but the Italian side were unable to sign him to a permanent deal due to EU restrictions.   

The 29-year-old has been a free agent since he was released by Bournemouth in the summer


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