Jack Wilshere named ‘best player’ in Arsenal training as he targets return

The former Arsenal midfielder, who left the Emirates in 2018, has been back with the Gunners in recent weeks training with Mikel Arteta’s squad as he looks for his next move

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Arsenal youngster Bradley Ibrahim has pinpointed Jack Wilshere as the standout player in training sessions at London Colney.

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Last month, Wilshere was welcomed back to the Gunners with open arms from Mikel Arteta, who was happy to allow his former teammate to join the squad in training.

The 29-year-old has been without a club since he was released by Bournemouth at the end of last season and has previously revealed that him retiring from the game remains a possibility.

But Arteta has allowed Wilshere to join up with his charges in order to not only improve his own fitness, but to impart some wisdom on up and coming youngsters.

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“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,” the Spaniard said last month.

“I am very happy to have him back. We had a conversation with Jack and understand the needs that he has, the period that he is going through and I think everyone at the club agreed it was the right moment to help him.

“We sat down with him and we listened to what he wanted to do and what stage he is at and we are prepared to do anything we can to help him.

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“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, try to get him fit, try to get his experiences across to our players, our young players, our academy and I think it is great influence to have around.”

Ibrahim was one of a select few academy stars promoted into senior training during the most recent international break, with the manager keen to look at players from all levels within the club.

And in a recent Instagram story, the 17-year-old was asked the best player he has trained with, responding with Wilshere and Arsenal ’s club record signing Ben White.

Wilshere has been without a club since leaving Bournemouth
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Wilshere’s future remains up in the air, with no chance of a fairytale return to Arsenal his two most likely options appear to be playing abroad, or calling it a day.

In an interview with BBC Sport earlier this month, the former England international was pressed on retirement admitting he ‘has to think about it’.

"That is why I am doing the coaching. I have been forced into doing it a little bit but I am grateful for the opportunity."

However, after now being fit and healthy for more than a year, Wilshere is adamant he still has something to offer to a team.

The former England international has admitted that retirement remains an option for Wilshere

"I 100 per cent think I can still play," he added. "I don't care what people say or write or what they say on social media.

"I am an honest guy. If I didn't think I could, I would be the first to say: 'Enough, I am going to do something else'.

"But I am almost at the point where I think something different, abroad, might be beneficial to me."

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