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29-year-old free agent preparing for talks with ‘someone’ from Arsenal

Former Arsenal and England star Jack Wilshere is hopeful of beginning discussions about a return to the Emirates, three years since he left to sign for West Ham United

The midfielder burst onto the scene with the North Londoners back in 2010, before becoming a senior team member at the beginning of the 2010-11 term after a successful loan stint with Bolton Wanderers.

However, having been released by Bournemouth last term, Jack is currently without a club for the first time in his professional career.

The 29-year-old man was once touted for great things for country and club after shining in the first-leg of the Gunners’ 2-1 home victory over Barcelona in the 2010-11 Champions League season.

Ten years on, Jack could be set to begin training with Arsenal.

“Being around good players, training with world-class players and as well just being in a team environment is something I’m interested in,” said Jack.

“I’m sure that I’ll have a conversation with someone at the club over the next couple of days.”

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta appeared to be open to the idea of the player linking up with his former club again.

When quizzed about the possibility of the midfielder joining in with training, the Spaniard appeared to have a very open mind.

“Jack’s a great guy and someone I used to share a dressing room with. He’s loved here. The door is always open.” said the Arsenal chief.

Manager ready to hand free agent opportunity to train at Arsenal

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is open to midfielder Jack Wilshere returning to the Gunners, at least to train with the senior team squad, as his former teammate at the club continues to search for a new club.

The 29-year-old Englishman is a free agent after quitting Bournemouth at the end of last term and has been training in Italy with Como as Jack looks to stay fit and catch the eye of possible new employers.

It seems unlikely that his next club will be in the Premier League after his most recent stint in the Championship, but Mikel has refused to rule that out.

Quizzed what he makes of the player’s current situation and whether the ex-England international could return to the Emirates to train with his squad, Mikel was open minded.

Speaking of his former teammate, the Spaniard said: ”Someone that I know, that I shared dressing rooms with and is so loved by everyone here. Our doors are always open.’

Arteta joined the north London side as a player in 2011, the start of a campaign in which Wilshere played no matches at all due to an anke injury.

However, the duo would be regular midfield partners over the next two years at the Emirates and both won the FA Cup in 2014 and 2015.

Arsenal boss refuses to rule out free transfer swoop for former teammate

Mikel Arteta says Arsenal haven’t explored the possibility of re-signing midfielder Jack Wilshere on a free transfer.

The 28-year-old Englishman is currently a free agent after parting ways with West Ham in the summer.

Earlier this week, former Tottenham attacker Darren Bent, who is also an Arsenal fan, told the Gunners to bring Wilshere back to the Emirates Stadium.

Jack, meanwhile, has said that it’d be a ‘dream’ to return to the Gunners having come through their academy.

And Mikel, who won two FA Cup trophies with him during their time together at Arsenal, has refused to rule out a swoop.

‘We haven’t analysed that situation,’ said the Spaniard.

‘What I can tell you about Jack is what I’ve said in the past, as a player, as a teammate and as a person I rate him really, really highly.

‘Unfortunately, at the moment we haven’t looked at that. We are focused on the players we have and we’re trying to do the best we can with them.’

Elsewhere, Arsenal are reportedly hoping to land Dominik Szoboszlai from RB Salzburg – but could be forced into a buy-to-loan deal to secure his services.

RB Leipzig are planning to secure his signature in January and are willing to let the player stay in Austria on loan until the end of the campaign.

Now Football Insider states ‘Arsenal are set to explore multiple formulas in their Szoboszlai pursuit’.

And that includes matching Die Roten Bullen by letting him initially stay at the Austrian club on loan.

Arsenal chief advised to bring 28-year-old free agent back to the club

Former Tottenham forward Darren Bent has urged Mikel Arteta to re-sign former player Jack Wilshere for Arsenal.

The Englishman is currently without a club after quitting West Ham United in the summer and would be available on a free transfer.

The 28-year-old star came through the Gunners’ academy and won two FA Cup trophies during his time at the Emirates before leaving for West Ham in 2018.

And Darren, who supports Arsenal, believes Jack would add some much-needed creativity to the Gunners’ midfield and feels a pay-as-you-play deal would be a sensible move for the star.

‘I hope he does return,’ Darren told talkSPORT. ‘Pay-as-you-play, Jack Wilshere. Why not?

‘He’s got that creativity and I know he’d be hungry to go back to Arsenal, I know how much he loves the club.

‘I’m not saying give him a normal contract, but on a pay-as-you-play, I’d take him back tomorrow.

‘He’s only 28, a pay-as-you-play deal makes sense. Get Jack Wilshere back.’

Meanwhile, Real Madrid are allegedly still waiting to receive any official interest in Arsenal target Isco ahead of the January window.

The attacking midfielder has featured for just 286 minutes in La Liga this campaign, continuing his time down the pecking order under manager Zinedine Zidane.

According to AS, the star’s father has informed club chiefs that the 28-year-old would like to depart the club at the midway point of the campaign.

However, Francisco Alarcon didn’t declare any interest in the Arsenal-linked star, suggesting that no club has pinpointed the player as a primary target.

28-year-old English midfielder extremely unlikely to re-join Arsenal

Arsenal won’t look to re-sign Jack Wilshere in spite of their academy graduate being on the observation post for a new club after terminating his contract with West Ham United at the start of October.

The 28-year-old star made just 19 appearances in two years at the London Stadium after quitting Arsenal in the summer of 2018.

Wilshere suffered injury woes but declared that he has been fit for much of the past year and simply hasn’t had a chance to shine for the Hammers, who he supported growing up.

The ex- England international, who racked up 34 caps for his country, is a high-profile free agent having once been considered as one of the Premier League’s most promising midfielders.

He was the Gunners’ Player of the Year back in 2010-11 and there have been some calls for the north London side to bring Wilshere back to the Emirates.

Wilshere spent 17 years with the Gunners before his move to West Ham but his time under the legendary manager Arsene Wenger was ultimately marred by injuries which prevented the star from reaching his full potential.

Yet some, including talkSPORT’s Adrian Durham, have declared that a transfer back to Arsenal would be ideal for both club and player.

But Goal’s Charles Watts, speaking in a YouTube Q&A with Arsenal fans, insists that Jack will not be returning to his former club.

While such a move may have been possible were Arsene in charge considering the Frenchman brought old players back with Thierry Henry the most notable in a brief loan, head coach Mikel Arteta will not do the same.

The north Londoners are keen to trim down their wage bill and Jack would likely command a significant salary.

Released West Ham midfielder told to make shock Arsenal return

Jack Wilshere has been backed to return to Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal to complete “unfinished business” at the north London side.

Wilshere has had his deal at West Ham terminated after an injury-hit two seasons at the London Stadium.

The England international made just 19 matches for the Hammers and is now on the observation post for his next club.

Jack came through the academy at Arsenal after initially signing for the Gunners aged nine in 2001.

He made 197 appearances across all competitions before leaving at the end of his deal in the summer of 2018.

talkSPORT host Adrian Durham believes a return to the Gunners would make sense for the 28-year-old star.

And Durham says Gunners chief Mikel Arteta, who played alongside Wilshere for five years at the Emirates, can have a positive impact on his career.

“I did hear a rumour that he was going to go back to Arsenal, Jack Wilshere,” Adrian said.

“I know people might scoff at it, but actually I think there’s a lot of sense there.

“There’s a Europa League campaign, he won’t be playing every week, but I think he’ll be well managed by Arteta.

“There’s unfinished business for Jack at Arsenal. He was meant to do something really special at Arsenal Football Club.

“I think it could be the perfect thing for him.”

Arsenal coach provides latest update on 26-year-old’s long-term future

Arsenal chief Arsene Wenger states that Jack Wilshere’s fate will be down only to the player himself.

The English midfielder has worked his way back to prominence at the Emirates, having looked on his way out for much of the last year.

After spending last season on loan at Bournemouth, Wilshere didn’t couldn’t manage to start a single league game this campaign until December 13 – but has started nine out of 11 Premier League games ever since.

In all he has made 34 first-team displays this season.

His current contract terminates at the end of the current season, but Wilshere has been proposed £90,000-a-week contract which is a pay-cut – but includes significant considerations linked to appearances and general success.

Wenger revealed that he was confident a deal could be completed earlier this month but also told that there were time limitations and getting a deal done as soon as possible was essential.

But three weeks later and a deal still hasn’t been made, and Wilshere is yet to commit.

Asked about the circumstances on Wednesday, Wenger explained: “It is progressing. The decision belongs to him, and at the end of the day, you have to respect the conclusion of the player”.

 

Arsenal on the verge of losing 26-year-old fans favourite

West Ham United are among ten teams participating in the pursuit to land Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere on a free transfer this summer.

Fresh doubts concerning the 26-year-old’s future at the Emirates Stadium emerged this week as reports via the Sun have alleged that he’s desperate to leave at the end of the season if the club do not improve their current proposal of a contract extension.

It’s assumed that the English international has been told he must take a 25 percent pay cut of his current £120,000-a-week salary to stay with the Gunners, but he’s said to be unwilling to agree to such terms as teammates Mesut Ozil, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are on more than double his wages.

With his deal set to terminate in a few months, Arsenal risk losing a fan favourite for nothing, and there are a host of clubs queueing up for the Englishman.

The Hammers are one of them, and David Moyes made no secret of his interest in Wilshere ahead of the January transfer window.

“I think Jack Wilshere would be someone who we’d have to look at if he was available,” he said.

The midfielder has put his well-documented injury nightmare behind him this campaign, managing to make 27 first-team appearances, netting twice and providing four assists.

Serie A giants considering summer swoop for Arsenal £90,000-a-week star

AC Milan are still interested in signing Jack Wilshere, but face competition from Italian rivals Sampdoria and Juventus.

As reported English outlet The Express the midfielder is ready to leave the Gunners as he’s failing to agree on a new contract at the Emirates.

The player has doing well after returning to the first-team, following his loan move at Bournemouth previous season.

The report claims that the player has been offered a £67,500-a-week deal to stay at the club, a 25% cut on his current salary.

Wilshere impressed against Italian giant AC Milan in the Europa League as Arsenal came out as 2-0 winners at the San Siro.

Rossoneri, who have been resurgent under Gennaro Gattuso, were said to be impressed with the English creative midfielder.

As England international enters the final months of his contract he is able to speak to foreign clubs ahead of a potential summer move.

Jack Wilshere was transferred to English side Bournemouth from Arsenal on loan deal for an undisclosed fee, thought to be around £3million but after the unproductive season, he returned his home club.

Arsenal on the verge of losing 26-year-old supporters favourite

West Ham United are among ten teams participating in the pursuit to land Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere on a free transfer this summer.

Fresh doubts concerning the 26-year-old’s future at the Emirates Stadium emerged this week as reports via the Sun have alleged that he’s desperate to leave at the end of the season if the club do not improve their current proposal of a contract extension.

It’s assumed that the English international has been told he must take a 25 percent pay cut of his current £120,000-a-week salary to stay with the Gunners, but he’s said to be unwilling to agree to such terms as teammates Mesut Ozil, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are on more than double his wages.

With his deal set to terminate in a few months, Arsenal risk losing a fan favourite for nothing, and there are a host of clubs queueing up for the Englishman.

The Hammers are one of them, and David Moyes made no secret of his interest in Wilshere ahead of the January transfer window.

“I think Jack Wilshere would be someone who we’d have to look at if he was available,” he said.

The midfielder has put his well-documented injury nightmare behind him this campaign, managing to make 27 first-team appearances, netting twice and providing four assists.