Video: Mertesacker opens up on bringing ‘legend’ Wilshere back as U18s coach

Arsenal moved to bring Jack Wilshere back to the club to take on the role of Arsenal Under-18s head coach, and Per Mertesacker has told Sky Sports why they made that decision.

Our former academy graduate has had a tough time in recent years, trying and failing to stay fit for long spells after breaking onto the scene as a teenager, and he has now decided to call it quits on his playing career at the age of just 30 years-old.

Part of his decision to hang up his boots is likely due to the offer of a role from our club, after we interviewed him for the vacant U18 and U21 manager roles, before agreeing to take him on as new U18 head coach.

I hope that Wilshere can bring something different to his new role and enjoy it to the fullest after a tough last few years in football, and after him helping out last season, I feel like the club should already have an insight into what is to come.


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  1. Worried, for the u18 players, the club and jack. He is not a legend, he may become a good coach but to trust him with our youths? Seriously.
    The youth set up has not produced a defender in years. Be very surprised if Jack can.

    1. The same could have been said about Per Mertesacker when he was named the academy manager but how well he is doing now. He wasn’t the only one interviewed for the role and he probably impressed the bosses during the interview. Let’s allow the guy do his job for Christ’s sake.

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