Arsenal fans are ecstatic to see icon Jack Wilshere back in training as Granit Xhaka’s injury has given the Englishmen a big opportunity to prove himself to Mikel Arteta.
Wilshere is currently a free agent and was only training last month in Italy with Calcio Como but he was unexpectedly spotted back in north London on Thursday morning.
The midfielder left the Gunners in the summer of 2018, ending a 17-year association with the club but rumours are flying around that he could be given another chance at the big time due to Xhaka’s serious injury.
This update on the 29-year-old was already in the making with both Wilshere and Arteta flirting with the idea of working together in some capacity as recently as September 2021.
Arteta, who played with Wilshere for five years between 2011 and 2016 at the Emirates Stadium, has insisted that the former Arsenal star is more than welcome to train with his squad while he continues to look for a new club.
“Jack’s a great guy and someone I used to share a dressing room with. He’s loved here. Our doors are always open,” Arteta said when asked about Wilshere.
The 29-year-old, who in a recent interview with The Athletic revealed his regret in moving on from his beloved club, responded to the Spaniard in a grateful manager as he appreciates the gesture that could end up helping get the twilight period of his footballing career back on track.
Wilshere said: “I really enjoyed playing with him [Arteta], sharing a dressing room with him and to hear him come out to say that the door is always open is nice.”
Wilshere was then asked if he wanted to take up the offer or not.
“I think that it can only help me,” he said.
“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’m interested in and I’m sure I’ll have a conversation with someone at the club over the next couple of days.”
Here’s how a select number of Arsenal fans reacted to seeing the much loved midfielder back in Gunners training wearing all the gear.
@TikiTakaConnor delivered his three-word demand to Edu: ‘Sign him uppppp.’
@afcKZ_ similarly put: ‘Sign him up imo.’
@utdASh0la believes seeing Wilshere back in training reflects well on the club: ‘that’s class.’
@SemperFiArsenal is shocked in a good way with what he has seen: ‘Never thought I would see Jack in an Arsenal kit again.’
@drclarm made a rather ambitious claim that will upset all Chelsea fans: ‘Better than Mount.’
@69Mainman is very optimistic to say the least: ‘He’s going to make up for his sub par football career with an insane Pep G esq. career LETSSSSS GOOOO.’
Finally, @CallumWoodgate tweeted in a less optimistic fashion: ‘I don’t think he could get himself ready to play for us again, but I’m so happy that he’s back training with us.’