After recently retiring, former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has rejoined the team as the Under-18 head coach, the English team said on Monday.
After enduring a string of injuries that ended his promising career, Wilshere decided to hang up his boots last week.
The 30-year-old took advantage of the opportunity to work with Arsenal’s young players last season and has now jumped at the chance to mold the Gunners’ upcoming crop of academy standouts.
“Being given this responsibility is an enormous honor. It’s no secret that I adore this team, Wilshere said in a statement released by Arsenal.
“I adore what we stand for, and I spent many of the happiest days of my life here at the academy. I’m prepared because this is a significant opportunity for me.
“I’m eager to support these young guys in thriving and reaching their full potential both on and off the field.
Being a member of the Arsenal family is a special feeling.
Wilshere graduated from the Arsenal youth system and has previously played for Bolton, Bournemouth, West Ham, and Aarhus.
He played 197 times for the Gunners and was a part of the 2014 and 2015 FA Cup-winning teams.
Per Mertesacker, the director of the Arsenal academy, stated: “Everyone knows how passionate Jack is about Arsenal. He knows what we want. to succeed in, and he really pleased us the previous year.
He is fully aware of the requirements needed to advance from the academy to the first team.