Jack Wilshere has opened up to the idea of coaching Arsenal’s future stars after revealing what he’s done to get his coaching badges so far.
The 26-year-old made the most of his spare time during the week whilst on loan at Bournemouth last season by getting to grips with his qualifications.
With one eye on his future involvement in the game, Wilshere has now continued to put in the work whilst using the exceptional facilities at his disposal around London Colney.
A fan favourite and famed for being one of Arsenal’s most promising academy graduates, Wilshere has made no secret of his love and admiration for Arsene Wenger.
Whilst talking to the Arsenal Weekly Podcast, the England international admitted that he’s preparing for the next step in his career, with a long-term view of staying around the club.
Last year when I was at Bournemouth, because they’re not in Europe and didn’t had a midweek game, it seemed like an opportunity (to start on coaching badges).
A few of the lads were talking about doing their Level Two and I thought, I’m going to jump on it. I really enjoyed it, while I’m fit and playing and healthy I might not need it.
I’m doing my UEFA B at the minute. Luckily I’ve got great facilities here at Arsenal, great players and the PFA and the FA have been great and really helpful. I’m going to complete that and then see what I want to do.
(On Mertesacker being academy manager) He might need an assistant one day, you never know! He’s got that character, he’s a great captain even though he’s not playing.
Wilshere is a clever guy and, as many have always stated, has a football brain so I can only see this being a good idea for his next move, especially given his experience in the academy.
Whether or not he can pick up a string of good form over the next two or three years remains to be seen but there’s always a chance for him to pick up his career in coaching.