Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, who recently became a free agent after spending two seasons at West Ham United, remembers the days he spent under the guidance of former Gunners gaffer Arsène Wenger and tributes him as his ‘father figure’ of his days at the Emirates.
A youth product of Arsenal, Wilshere was promoted to the senior team in 2008. After spending a decade at the club, English midfielder Jack Wilshere bid adieu to the club and switched to West Ham in 2018, the same year when Arsenal themselves retired Wenger after 22 seasons.
The 28-year-old recently had his West Ham contract terminated on 5th October 2020 after making just 16 appearances for the club. While he is currently tipped to join Scottish side Rangers, Wilshere has also been rumoured to make a remarkable return to the Emirates.
He’s almost like the godfather of football: Jack Wilshere recounts his days under Wenger
In an exclusive interview with TalkSPORT, Jack Wilshere remembered his days a Gunner, when the club still had Wenger at the helm and also revealed that he sought after his advice during his stint with the Hammers.
“I don’t want to say he’s like my dad, because he’s not my dad, and my dad would be annoyed!” Wilshere exclaimed, “but he was almost like that father figure.”
“Even now, when I was going through all this with West Ham I picked up the phone and spoke to him. He’s almost like the godfather of football,” he added.
Till 2018, the midfielder made 198 appearances for the club across all competitions and scored 14 times. He won the FA Cup two times and the FA Community shield in 2014.
“I just listened to his advice and straight away I was like ‘I need to listen to his advice’”, Wilshere went on, “because he’s been there for a lot of my career, guiding me from when I was a young player to a senior player at Arsenal.”
“He was unreal for me,” Wilshere concluded.