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“How do I explain to my kids that no one wants me?”: Former Arsenal star Jack Wilshere opens up on being a free agent

Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere was once considered to be the ‘Next big thing’ in English football. Ever since making his Premier League debut for Arsenal FC back in 2008 at an early age of 16, he was termed as one of the most promising young footballers in the heart of England.

13 years later, Jack Wilshere is a free agent today, having a hard time to find a club to play for despite being 29 and fully fit. The Englishman’s story is the epitome of players who get a massive boost at the beginning of their career only to fall apart later, proving time and out how difficult it is to keep performing consistently at the biggest stages of them all. Wilshere opened up about his current state in a recent interview. He said that he is unable to process why he is not attracting any interest from any club.

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What Jack Wilshere has said

Jack Wilshere has had a career full of injuries

“Today I was running around an athletics track and struggling to imagine I would be here at this point in my career,” Jack Wilshere told The Athletic.

“My kids are at an age where they understand. Especially Archie, who’s nine. He’s actually having conversations with me, saying, ‘What about the MLS?’ or ‘Why aren’t you playing in La Liga?’

“And it is difficult to explain to him. He’ll say to me, ‘How come no club wants you?’ I don’t know. But how do I explain that to him?

“When I go out, people recognise me. The most difficult part is trying to explain when they ask, ‘Well, why don’t you just sign for a club in England?’ I’m like, ‘Well, no one wants me’, and they can’t really get their head around it.”

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Jack Wilshere has spent almost all of his career in his homeland, England. However, he now thinks that it is time to widen his horizon and look for suitors elsewhere.

He said: “I’ve said before that I’m open to going abroad. In fact, I probably want to go abroad. I want to try something different.

“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’.

“I feel a little bit like the door in this country has been shut on me. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because of the injury history and people getting references from places. I feel like that’s unfair.

“The last time I had an injury was in January 2020. Everyone thinks, ‘Oh, his ankle, his ankle’. It wasn’t my ankle. I had a hernia, which is a standard injury. It was a 10-day turnaround and then unfortunately lockdown came. But I built myself up and had a really good base of fitness.

“My next move is not about, ‘I need to make money’. It’s about the feeling I’ve got inside, and I’m not just talking about when I was a kid growing up, loving football. It was the early days at Arsenal when I used to love playing, love going out and playing at the Emirates.

“It’s about trying to get that feeling back of having something to fight for,” Jack Wilshere concluded.

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