Arsenal’s former midfielder Jack Wilshere retired from football last July after a relatively short playing career plagued with injuries. Once labeled as potentially England’s best ever midfielder, Jack Wilshere hung up the boots and just four days later, he was appointed as Arsenal U18s coach.
Taking inspiration off of Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere chose to follow in his footsteps and go into management at the club he spent the majority of his playing career at. He came through the Arsenal academy so he’s a man who can relate to the players he’s coaching which can only be a positive.
In the quarter-finals of the FA youth cup, Arsenal U18s played against Cambridge United and won 3-2. After the game, Jack Wilshere spoke to The Athletic, saying:
“There are some things that you see from Myles Lewis-Skelly, Ethan Nwaneri, Bradley Ibrahim, Jimi Gower — they do things you can’t coach.
That’s why they’re at Arsenal. They need a few things tactically. I like my midfielders to be on the half-turn, play forward and touch forward, dribble if you can.”
He also praised the U18 center back Reuell Walters by saying that his runs forward and helping midfielder, changes the picture of the game.
Arsenal have fantastic upcoming young stars like Lewis-Skelly, Nwaneri and many more who are expected to follow in the likes of Bukayo Saka & Emile Smith Rowe’s footsteps and make it to the Arsenal first-team one day.