Arteta explains Wilshere's return to Arsenal

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Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has explained why Jack Wilshere has returned to the club this season.

The former England international began his career at Arsenal as a youth player, before making his debut for the first team in 2008, where he spent the next 10 years playing for the club.

However, injuries eventually got the better of Wilshere and the midfielder was never able to live up to the immense talent he showed as a young player.

In 2018, after a number of loan spells, the midfielder moved to West Ham and then on to Bournemouth, who then released him earlier this year.

And while Arteta has no intention of using Wilshere in his squad, he has offered an explanation as to why the 29-year-old is now back at his former club.

’We are prepared to do anything to help him’

"What you should believe is that we want to help Jack prepare for his next stage, physically, mentally," Mikel Arteta told Arsenal’s website.

"He wants to do his coaching badges again and we are prepared to fulfil all the needs that he wants. That is basically the idea and it is no further than that.

"I am very happy to have him back. We had a conversation with Jack and understand the needs that he has, the period that he is going through and I think everyone at the club agreed it was the right moment to help him.

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"We sat down with him and we listened to what he wanted to do and what stage he is and we are prepared to do anything we can to help him.

"He is going to be training sometimes with us, he is going to be around the place, he is going to be continuing his coaching badges that he is very interested in, try to get him fit, try to get his experiences across to our players, our young players, our academy and I think it is great influence to have around."