Arsene Wenger says Jack Wilshere has a “football brain” and the player himself is determined to make the most of it – which is why he’s already doing his coaching badges.
But why has he started so early?
“Last year when I was at Bournemouth, they weren’t in Europe and didn’t have midweek games so it felt like an opportunity,” Wilshere told the Arsenal Magazine.
“A few of the lads were talking about doing their level two badge and I thought I would jump on it and get through it. I really enjoyed it.
“While I’m fit and healthy and playing, I might not need it but even if I have another 10 years in me, I don’t want to be at the end of my career and then have a year out and think ‘What do I want to do?’ and have to go through level two, Uefa A and Uefa B.
“So I’m doing my Uefa B at the minute and luckily we have great facilities and great players, and Uefa have been really helpful. I am going to complete that and see what I want to do.”
“It was Per’s idea and he said, ‘If you want to continue it with me, I am doing it’ and I was up for it,” he said.
“I think Per is going to be great in that job, he might need an assistant one day so you never know! He has that character, he is a great captain even if he’s not playing. He is so positive and he wants the team to do well, he is a great example for a young player.
“If you are coming through at Hale End, he is someone to look up to. I am sure he will pass his knowledge to them.”