Hale End stars Bukayo Saka and Joe Willock have sent heartfelt messages to Jack Wilshere after the former Arsenal star opened up about his struggles in an interview this week.
The 29-year-old left Arsenal three years ago after Unai Emery couldn’t promise him regular game time. (Read more) He joined West Ham United, but after a difficult spell there and at Bournemouth, he’s now without a club.
In an interview with The Athletic this week, Wilshere opened up on how he never thought he’d be in this position. He even revealed that he’s contemplating retirement, which is heartbreaking to see.
Saka and Willock send messages to Wilshere
Wilshere received a ton of love and support from Arsenal fans and the football world in general. Everyone wants him back on the pitch at some club or another soon, including Joe Willock and Bukayo Saka.
The two Hale End stars took to Instagram to express their gratitude to Wilshere for inspiring ‘thousands of kids’ like themselves.
Willock said: “Inspired the whole academy and thousands of kids like me.”
Saka wrote: “You showed all of us at Hale End it was possible to make it at Arsenal. No matter what, remember how highly we all think of you! Forever an inspiration! You’ll be back!”
Wilshere is an inspiration to every young footballer
Arsenal have always had a great academy, but Wilshere was among the first ones to make it when he was just 16. The Englishman started against Barcelona as a teenager in the Champions League and outclassed a midfield of Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets.
That performance alone would’ve inspired thousands of kids in the country. He made every teenager believe that a route to the first team really does exist, and the likes of Saka and Smith Rowe are carrying that forward now.
It really is sad to see Wilshere be in a position like this now. Hopefully, everything changes soon and he’s back on the pitch somewhere doing what he does best with a smile on his face.