Mikel Arteta has played down suggestions that Arsenal could re-sign Jack Wilshere but has admitted that he’s talking to his former teammate about the possibility of training with the club.
The Spaniard said last week that the door was always open to the 29-year-old and it appears talks have progressed positively in recent days.
At this point, the key for Arteta is understanding how he can help Wilshere who has been without a club since being released by Bournemouth in the summer.
“We are in conversatons with Jack to understand his needs and what he’s looking for.” he told his pre-Burnley press conference.
“It’s a person and a player that has a huge admiration from everybody, not just the players and the fans but all the staff around here and we are willing to help him as much as we possibly can. He knows that and that’s the situation.
Asked if he might end up representing the club again, he made clear: “I wouldn’t take it that far. What I’m saying is that we are in conversations with him to understand what he needs and how we can help.”
Wilshere came through the ranks at Arsenal to become a regular in Arsene Wenger’s midfield as a teenager. Despite all his fitness problems, the England international went on to make 198 appearances before moving to West Ham United in 2018.