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Wilshere: I’ll speak to Arsenal about training invitation

by Koolkola

Jack Wilshere says he’ll make contact with Arsenal in the coming days after Mikel Arteta opened the door for the 29-year-old to train with the club.

Wilshere is without a club after his contract with Bournemouth ended in the summer and has spoken openly about his struggle to stay motivated while training alone.

At 29-years-old, the midfielder should be in the prime of his career but instead, clubs appear to have been put off by the fitness issues that hampered him during his final years at the Emirates and during a two-year spell with West Ham.

Asked about the apparent invitation from, Wilshere, who played with the Spaniard for five years, told Sky Sports:

“I really enjoyed playing with him, sharing a dressing room with him. To hear him come out and say the door is always open is nice.

“I think that it can only help me. As you said, being around good players, training with world-class players and, as well, just being in a team environment is something that I am interested in.

“I am sure that I will have a conversation with someone at the club over the next couple of days.”

Arsenal haven’t had any old boys training with the club in a while but it did happen quite regularly during the Arsene Wenger era. Mathieu Flamini, Sol Campbell and Thierry Henry all wangled short-term contracts out of their former mentor while the gym at London Colney is now named after Robert Pires after he pitched a tent next to the treadmills in 2012 and refused to leave.

It’ll be interesting to see if Wilshere does end up training with the first team for a bit. We know he was doing his coaching badges with Per Mertesacker before he left for the Hammers and he has plenty of experience he can share with some of the younger guys coming through the ranks.

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