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Jack Wilshere speaks out on his future and praises Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta


Arsenal have invited Jack Wilshere for first-team training this season (Picture: Getty)

Jack Wilshere says joining a club that best suits his playing style will be the most ‘important’ factor when it comes to deciding the next chapter of his career, with the midfielder open to moving overseas.

Bournemouth released Wilshere at the end of last season and the injury-prone 30-year-old has been building up his fitness back at Arsenal in recent weeks while simultaneously working on his coaching badges.

There has been mounting talk of the Gunners possibly offering Wilshere a short-term, pay-as-you-play contract given Mikel Arteta’s current midfield crisis at what is a crucial stage of the season.

But Arteta has been reluctant to fuel speculation of Wilshere’s potential return and it’s clear the ex-England international – a two-time FA Cup winner with Arsenal – is keeping his options open.

Speaking to beIN SPORTS, Wilshere said choosing a team where he is able to play with freedom and a ‘smile on his face’ will be paramount.

‘The most important thing for me with where I go next is style of play. That could be in England, that could be in Spain, in the Middle East, it could be wherever,’ he said.

‘The most important thing for me is that I speak to the coach and have an understanding of the way they play.

‘I can watch some games that they’ve played and see how I’m going to fit in because as I come towards the end of my career – and I’m 30 now – I want to enjoy the last few years.

‘I want to enjoy playing football and have a smile on my face and play football the way that I think it should be played and the way that I can fit in best.’

Former Arsenal and England midfielder Wilshere is prepared to move abroad (Picture: Getty)

Wilshere has been impressed by Arteta’s opening two years in charge of Arsenal and believes the squad have come on leaps and bounds under his former team-mate.

‘He’s a manager who has a clear philosophy and a clear style of play,’ he added.

‘I think when you work at that over and over again, players get better at it and players become comfortable.

‘I think you can see that in certain games this year where they’ve played really well, unbelievable… I think back to the Tottenham game at home and Manchester City against top, top teams where they dominated in spells during the game.

‘That’s credit to the manager and his staff. He’s brought the team a long way.

‘They’re still improving and they’re a young team with a young manager as well so there are going to be bumps along the way, but I think they are on the right track.’


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