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Jack Wilshere announces Retirement in Football Amid Appointment as U-18s Head Coach

As we await Arsenal’s first pre-season match against Nurnberg in Germany, we are delighted with the sweet-sour news about one of our very own- Wilshere. With such a turbulent career on the pitch, over regular injuries sidelining him severally, Jack has finally put out a statement indicating his recent move in his career.

Having spent his career at Arsenal, WestHam, Bournemouth and just recently Danish side- Aarhus last season. With the Danish club already announcing his departure from their team, it was unclear what his next move would be. With pleasure, the 30-year-old and former Hale End graduate has now gotten the honor of managing the Under-18s side and succeeding Dan Micciche who recently left for a different challenge at Crawley Town.

Jack Wilshere undertaking his coaching badges. [Photo via Wilshere on Instagram]

It is only befitting with his closeness to the club and having spent 17 years fighting for the badge and later leaving in 2018, taking on other challenges. His appointment is among a number of youth-level positions being finalised by the club. While working with the upcoming youngsters last season, undertaking his coaching badges at Arsenal, it is evident that he left quite an impression after this move.

His former teammate at Arsenal- and now manager for the Arsenal academy- Per Mertesacker is conducting the interviews and involved in the recruitment process of the several gapped positions in the youth-level.

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All or Nothing: Transfers

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With the transfer window officially open, the European market’s big boys have commenced the etchin’ and flexxin’ of their teams. One thing’s for sure, the gunners always taking it slow and all- a mechanism that rarely works, with a rather slightest chance of satisfying all sectors of the pitch. Don’t get this wrong, judging by the previous summer window, with the outs and ins, the young gunners started off slow only to surprise a whole lot of fans as they picked up quick only to flap their wings close to the sun. The dream for top four lasted long enough and with the young guns stumbling over the finish line only to settle for a European position they had craved for.

Celebrations after scoring at Emirates. [Courtesy: Twitter- LeagueScroll]

Now headed into the 2022-23 season, the young guns should be busy sorting out contracts and incorporate some of their loanees into the squad if their services are need. However, business been slow compared to their noisy rivals. The likes of City and Liverpool have done it again. With just a point being the difference between the winner and runner-up in the just ended season, they have already hungrily pounced on the best of forwards in Europe ready to add more sauce to the already tough league.

Arteta’s men will be extra challenged with the Europa league now in their yard. Hard to say, but with the congestion of fixtures in the league, they will not only need additions to their squad but also quality and mentally strong squad players who will prevail through the good and bad days on the pitch.

New Gunner- Marquinhos. [Courtesy: Twitter-LeagueScroll]

With the slight glimmer of hope having already acquired the services of Marquinhos- Sao Paolo’s bright star, the fans will be edged on their seats, notifications on and constantly refreshing feeds for another new signing or departure. Whichever comes first.

Crucial weeks ahead with the likes of Youri Tielemans, Gabriel Jesus among others most likely ending up at the Emirates. We’ll sit back and enjoy as the dramas unravel. Not forgetting, this is a world cup year.