Former Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere has re-joined AFC Bournemouth for training this week.
Wilshere played for the Cherries three-and-a-half years ago when he was signed by then Cherries manager Eddie Howe on loan from Arsenal.
During his loan spell, Wilshere became a fan favourite amongst the Dean Court faithful and made 27 Premier League appearances for the club, in what turned out to be the most game time he had enjoyed since in the league since the 2010/11 season with Arsenal.
His form with AFC Bournemouth saw him return to London to make 20 Premier League appearances for Arsenal before making the move across the capital to West Ham United.
However, the move proved to be an unsuccessful one, with just 601 minutes of league football in over two years with the club.
Wilshere has been without a club since his departure from the London Stadium after he was released by West Ham United by mutual consent back in October.
— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) October 5, 2020
The 28-year-old has since admitted in an interview with the BBC, that he has been training in a local park with some friends in an effort to keep fit ahead of his next move.
During that interview that was published in October, Wilshere said…
“It is important to find a club where I am going to play, be an important player and be happy. I don’t want to rush into anything. It has to be the right team in the right country.
“I am open to Europe or wherever.
“I am the type of player who wants to have the ball. I understand there is another side to the game and I enjoy that but I would like to be in a team who has the ball.
“I am not naive enough to think I am going to sign for a club and play straight away. There is a process to it. You have to train with the team, get to know your team-mates, maybe come off the bench a couple of times. I want to get that process going but it has to be the right thing.”
Wilshere had previously hoped to train with the Arsenal Under-23’s squad, but current Coronavirus restrictions blocked that move.
He has also been linked with a potential move to Scotland league leaders Rangers and potential moves abroad to the United States of America, Italy and Spain.
During the second half of November, Wilshere travelled to Dubai for some personal training at the NAS Training facility which has previously been used by AFC Bournemouth.
AFC Bournemouth manager Jason Tindall, however, has not ruled out a potential full-time return to the south coast with AFC Bournemouth after the midfielder joined the club for training.
Tindall told afcb.co.uk…
“Jack’s a player I’ve stayed in touch with ever since his time at Bournemouth. He was a great lad, a joy to work with and he did extremely well for us, Jack got in touch with me, we spoke on the phone and he asked if he could come in and train with the team. I had no problem and no issues with that, I know what a good lad he is and the quality’s he’s got.
“He’s trained with us for two days and it’s a matter of seeing how things go. The only discussion we’ve had is about training with the team, we’ve had no more discussions about what might happen beyond this point.
“From my point of view as manager while he’s here I’m looking at him to see how he’s doing and if he fits in well in well with the group and there’s a conversation to be had later on down the line then maybe we will do…”
Will Wilshere sign for AFCB?
That really is a feel-good story. Lovely that he would ask AFCB and lovely that we are happy to accommodate him. For me, it makes it pretty clear that he genuinely did enjoy and appreciate his time here with us and it wasn’t just PR bull at the time.
Good luck Jack and as others have mentioned, he can be a really positive influence on some of our younger players whilst he is here.
I think the only stumbling block is that it makes no sense for us to pay him a wage if we are unlikely to play him ( which is probable ) and at the same time it makes little sense for him to commit to us if we are not going to give him the game time he needs to prove his fitness to potential suitors.
So although on the face of it, it might appear to make sense to offer him some sort of contract, actually it doesn’t really make sense for either party.
I think there may be a desire on both sides to come to an arrangement but the reality is that it probably doesn’t really make sense for either party. – Join the conversation, click here.