Arsenal icon David Hillier has ‘inside info’ on club’s plans for Jack Wilshere
Former Arsenal midfielder David Hillier has revealed Jack Wilshere will not be returning to Arsenal as a player despite rumours hinting at a permanent move.
Wilshere is believed to have been offered the opportunity to train at London Colney with Arsenal by manager and former teammate Mikel Arteta as the former England international looks to secure a new club.
The 29-year-old was released by Bournemouth at the end of last season and hinted on Wednesday that he would be taking up Arteta’s offer.
But with Wilshere being a much-loved cult hero at Arsenal, the new developments quickly led to speculation that he would be offered a permanent deal by the north Londoners, though this has been denied by 51-year-old former player Hillier.
Speaking on the Highbury Squad Podcast, Hillier said: "I have got inside information on this. I am a lucky man, so I am actually playing golf on Friday with a guy who does all his security systems at his house and he is very friendly with him.
"He was telling me about him. They are good friends, anyway, from back in the day.
"He said to me that ‘he is just training at the club to try to get another club’.
“There’s no offer of pay-as-play. He hasn’t even spoken to anyone at the club.
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"He is happy to take a Championship club and just get back into football. He just wants to play. He wants to get fit.
"And he certainly doesn’t want to be someone who goes back to the club and just fizzles out at Arsenal. I know that, for sure. That was said in the conversation.
"He doesn’t want to be someone who wants to be a mentor. He still has got playing to do. He wants Arsenal to miss him. Nothing in it.”
Wilshere left Arsenal in 2018 to join West Ham after being unhappy with his role under Unai Emery.
He made 197 appearances for the Gunners but failed to ever reach the heights that many thought he was destined for.
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