Jack Wilshere has told The National that it would be a “dream come true” to return to Arsenal after he was released by West Ham United and remains a free agent – but admits that that particular ship has probably sailed.
Wilshere, 28, is currently working on his fitness at the NAS Sports Complex in Dubai – after the England star saw his contract at West Ham cancelled, just under a year before it was due to expire. He vented his frustration at the time, having been fit.
The England ace has been linked with numerous clubs and countries since his Hammers exit, with Steven Gerrard’s Rangers perhaps the strongest link. MLS clubs have been touted, as have some Premier League and Championship clubs.
Speaking to Dubai-based The National, Wilshere responded to Darren Bent’s recent comments on TalkSPORT – in which the ex-Spurs striker urged Wilshere to rejoin Arsenal – by stating he would love to, but is aware that such a move is unlikely.
“Growing up I was a West Ham fan, but because I was in the [Arsenal] academy for so long, you lose that,” Wilshere said. “It was my dream to play for Arsenal and win things with them. And I did.
“I don’t feel like I’ve completed my time there, but at the same time, I’m realistic enough to know the club has moved on. Obviously, it would be a dream come true, but I think that ship has sailed. It is time to look at different things.”
TBR’s view – What kind of club would be perfect for Wilshere?
Wilshere’s tenacious style of play makes him perfect for English football but as he grows closer to his thirties, the injury-prone ace will need to slow down and look after his body. The slower pace of Serie A or La Liga might be perfect.
Wilshere is too good for the Championship and it is too early to swap Europe for the MLS or another big pay cheque. He still has plenty to offer and a bottom-half Premier League side may even be tempted to take a chance on him.
But Spain or Italy would surely be ideal for Wilshere, who TransferMarkt claim has the same agent as Lyon star Houssem Aouar.