Wilshere offered lifeline after emotional interview on being left without a club

Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is a free agent after Bournemouth chose not to extend his contract following a brief spell at the Vitality Stadium last season

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Wigan Athletic have opened the door to Jack Wilshere after the former Arsenal midfielder admitted he had no offers on the table.

Wilshere, 29, is a free agent after Bournemouth chose not to extend his contract following a brief spell at the Vitality Stadium last season.

The Englishman recently lifted the lid on his regret at leaving the Gunners to join West Ham in 2018 and suggested his future may lie abroad, where he is not stigmatised as injury-prone.

But Wigan chairman Talal Al Hammad has handed Wilshere a much-needed lifeline and took to Twitter to write: “You are most welcome to join us.”

Wilshere has been offered the chance to join League One club Wigan


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Wilshere has made 274 senior appearances at club level, winning two FA Cups with Arsenal, while he earned 34 caps for the Three Lions, the most-recent of which came in 2016.

He featured 17 times for Championship club Bournemouth in the second half of the 2020/21 campaign before the Cherries announced they would be releasing him.

While he now has the option to play for Wigan in League One, Wilshere’s recent comments suggest he would favour a move to another country.

“I’ve said before that I’m open to going abroad. In fact, I probably want to go abroad,” he told The Athletic earlier this week.

“I want to try something different. I think it’ll be good for me, for my life, for my family.

“Have a fresh start somewhere where people, clubs, fans don’t think, ‘Oh, that’s Jack Wilshere. He’s going to get injured today’, or, ‘He’ll play five games and that’s it… waste of an investment.”

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Wilshere has been training by himself since leaving Bournemouth and he hopes to find a new club as soon as possible.

“I’m back to waking up, training on my own and finding that motivation,” he added. “And the question I keep asking myself at the moment is: What am I doing it for?

“I said to my agent I don’t want to be in that position where I’m waiting and waiting and before you know it January comes and I’ve almost wasted another season.

“I’m not getting any younger and I don’t want that. I did that last year, so to do it again… I feel like I’d be wasting my time.”

Wilshere was regarded as one of the greatest natural talents of a generation of England players and famously dominated a star-studded Barcelona midfield during a Champions League clash in 2011.

But Wilshere has been plagued by ankle, knee, calf and groin injuries throughout his career and he has averaged less than 20 appearances per season.

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