Report: Arsenal open talks to bring former Arsene Wenger favourite back to London in consideration to join the Coaching Staff

Report: Arsenal open talks to bring former Arsene Wenger favourite back to London in consideration to join the Coaching Staff

Arsenal are reportedly in talks to sign Jack Wilshere as a member of the coaching staff with the Gunners looking to appoint a new head coach for the U-18s and U-23s this summer.

According to the Evening Standard, the Gunners have expanded their search to fill in two key areas at the club following the departures of Kevin Betsy and Dan Micciche, who both left Arsenal this month to head up the management at Crawly Town.

And Wilshere is now reportedly on Arsenal’s radar to fill in one of these positions, with the former Emirates Stadium favourite already holding talks with Per Mertesacker about a potential comeback, with the 30-year-old currently without a club after being released by Danish side Aarhus.

Wilshere was at Arsenal as recently as last season with the midfielder training with the club for many months to build up his fitness, with the former England international also working on his coaching badges as the Hale End academy graduate helped out with the U-23s and U-18s.

A favourite of Arsene Wenger’s and a player still beloved by Arsenal supporters, the return of Wilshere will be welcome with open arms by fans, who are still annoyed that Mikel Arteta didn’t sign the midfielder on a short-term contract last season given the lack of options in the position for the Gunners.

Indeed, whether or not Wilshere wants to sign for Arsenal as a full-time coach could mean the end of the midfielder’s playing career. Though given how many injuries the talented player has endured over the years and the lack of interest from clubs, the decision to move into coaching now could be a smart one from the former Gooner.

Arsenal have done little in recent years to get former players on board with helping out the current crop of players prepare for the future, yet under Mikel Arteta, things are starting to change with the likes of David Seaman now being involved with goalkeeper training and the club now looking at signing Wilshere as a coach for the youth team.

A link to the past will always inspire players to strive for better in their game, and having a former player like Wilshere take over a significant role for Arsenal’s youth system would be a great decision from the north London side and for their next generation of exciting prospects.

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