Former Gunner Jack Wilshere has revealed he would be interested in returning to Arsenal, following what appears to have been an invitation from manager Mikel Arteta.
“He is someone that I know who I shared the dressing room with,” Arteta said. “Someone who is so loved around the club with every person here and our doors are always open.”
It certainly does look like Arteta would indeed be open to the possibility of coaching the player with whom he was in the same team for a brief spell. Wishere represented Arsenal on 198 occasions in competitive fixtures, contributing with 14 goals and 30 assists over a period of 10 years, which also includes loan spells with Bolton Wanderers and Bournemouth. He left as a free agent in 2018 despite being offered to sign a new contract and play under Unai Emery at the time. He later revealed that he still regrets that decision.
Be that as it may, he went on to spend two years at the London Stadium, before his contract with West Ham was terminated in October 2020. He spent the second half of last season at Bournemouth and has been without a club since the summer. He recently trained with Italian side Como.
Speaking at a recent event as a part of a mental health campaign, the 29-year-old was asked about what Arteta said, and he said going back to the Emirates could only help him.
“To hear the manager – who I played with, who I had a good relationship with, I really enjoyed playing with him, sharing the dressing room with him – to hear him come out and say the door is always open is nice.
“Being around good players, training with world-class players and as well just being in a team environment is something I’m interested in.
“I’m sure that I’ll have a conversation with someone at the club over the next couple of days.”