Advertiser Disclosure

Mikel Arteta hints at Jack Wilshere return ahead of clash with Burnley

Mikel Arteta hints at Jack Wilshere return ahead of clash with Burnley

Wilshere without a club

One-time Arsenal star Jack Wilshere has endured a tough career, with his undoubted talent hampered by the regularity of his injury woes, which saw the midfielder nicknamed “Jack Wheelchair” by many.

In a revealing interview with The Athletic, the former Arsenal and England man revealed that he felt the door had been closed to him in England due to his injury reputation, but he continued training with Italian side Como in pre-season.

Wilshere made 198 appearances for the Gunners during his first spell, but owing to the injury picked up by Mohamed Elneny, and the loss of both the Egyptian and Thomas Partey to the African Cup of Nations in January, could he be set to return?

Arteta reveals all

Mikel Arteta was once again quizzed on the possibility of Jack Wilshere returning to train with the Gunners ahead of his side’s trip to Burnley on Saturday.

The Spaniard previously revealed that the door was ‘open’, something which the midfielder certainly appreciated hearing.

On Arteta’s gesture, the Englishman said:

“I really enjoyed playing with him, sharing a dressing room with him. To hear him come out & say the door is always open is nice. I’m sure I’ll have a conversation with someone at the club over the next few days.” 

Now, speaking ahead of the trip to Turf Moor, Arteta has revealed that conversations have indeed been had about such a move, explaining:

“We are in conversations with Jack to understand as well what he needs what he’s looking for. He’s a person and a player who has huge admiration from everyone. We are willing to help him as much as we can. He knows that”

However, he stopped short of confirming that the midfielder could work his way back into the Arsenal squad. When asked about the possibility of a pay as you play contract, the Spaniard replied:

“I wouldn’t take it that far”

While this sounds like the end of the line for Wilshere’s romantic return, the wry smile that accompanied Arteta’s reply suggested that while it is not a reality yet, it could become one down the line.

Read more:

Arsenal defender Takehiro Tomiyasu explains why Premier League is difficult for Japanese players

When Bernd Leno is expected to start again for Arsenal revealed after Arteta ‘promise’


This article was edited by Conor Laird.

Arsenal betting odds, next game:

Leicester vs Arsenal odds: result, both teams to score, correct score & goalscorers

Leicester vs Arsenal Full time result
Leicester
29/20
Draw
12/5
Arsenal
15/8
Leicester vs Arsenal Result/Both teams score Yes No
Leicester 15/4 7/2
Arsenal 4/1
Draw 10/3 10/1
Leicester vs Arsenal Correct Score
Leicester
Arsenal
Leicester vs Arsenal Goalscorers First Last Anytime
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang11/5 11/5 11/8
Jamie Vardy13/5 13/5 7/4
Alexandre Lacazette11/4 11/4 7/4
Eddie Nketiah10/3 10/3 21/10
Kelechi Iheanacho10/3 10/3 21/10

Arsenal's latest videos

HIGHLIGHTS | Arsenal vs Leeds United (2-0) | Carabao Cup | Super sub Chambers & Nketiah
HIGHLIGHTS | Arsenal vs Leeds United (2-0) | Carabao Cup | Super sub Chambers & Nketiah
We booked our place in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup after second half…
2021-10-26T23:59:09Z
Calum Chambers on scoring after being on the pitch just 23 seconds!
Calum Chambers on scoring after being on the pitch just 23 seconds!
He was told to score with his first touch, so he did! Calum Chambers…
2021-10-26T23:25:44Z

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Chelsea FC 9 20 22
2 Liverpool FC 9 21 21
3 Manchester City 9 16 20
4 West Ham United 9 6 17
5 Brighton & Hove Albion 9 0 15
6 Tottenham Hotspur 9 -4 15
7 Manchester United 9 1 14
8 Everton FC 9 1 14
9 Leicester City 9 0 14
10 Arsenal FC 9 -3 14
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 9 0 13
12 Brentford FC 9 2 12
13 Aston Villa 9 -2 10
14 Watford FC 9 -5 10
15 Crystal Palace 9 -3 9
16 Southampton FC 9 -4 8
17 Leeds United 9 -8 7
18 Burnley FC 9 -8 4
19 Newcastle United 9 -9 4
20 Norwich City 9 -21 2

Premier League 21/22

Topscorers
Disciplinary
Assists
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 7
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 5
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 4
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 4
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 4
Firmino, Roberto Liverpool FC 4
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 4
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 4
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 4
Hwang, Hee-chan Wolverhampton Wanderers 4
Sarr, Ismaila Watford FC 4
Greenwood, Mason Manchester United 4
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 3
Townsend, Andros Everton FC 3
King, Joshua Watford FC 3
Ings, Danny Aston Villa 3
Benrahma, Said West Ham United 3
Gray, Demarai Everton FC 3