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Koscielny and Cazorla's brilliant message to Jack Wilshere as Arsenal hero retires

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Arsenal hero Jack Wilshere announced his retirement from professional football yesterday, and a number of his former teammates have sent him fantastic messages on social media.

It really was sad to see the Englishman make that decision yesterday. Once viewed as England and Arsenal’s future captain, nobody would’ve ever predicted that he would be hanging up his boots at just 30 years of age.

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Injuries absolutely destroyed what would’ve surely been a tremendous career for Wilshere. Everyone who played with him knew exactly how good he was, and some of them have taken to Instagram to wish him well.

Koscielny and Cazorla send brilliant messages to Jack Wilshere after he announces retirement

In an Instagram post yesterday, Wilshere confirmed that he has decided to retire from professional football after a truly frustrating couple of years.

A number of his former Arsenal teammates – including Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla and Laurent Koscielny – took to Instagram to congratulate him.

Walcott wrote: “Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something amazing. Fantastic player to work with and person. I wish you @jackwilshere and your family all the best for the future.”

Cazorla posted: “It was an honor, a privilege to play to your side, one of the best and a great friend off the field, I wish you and your family the best brother, super jack @jackwilshere @arsenal

Koscielny said: “Dear Jack, thanks for all the moments we have shared together. Incredible player and beautiful person. It was a pleasure to play with you, so many good memories. I wish you all the best for the future. Once a gunner always a gunner.”

Coach Wilshere

Just as Wilshere announced his retirement yesterday, The Athletic revealed that the Englishman is all set to become the new head coach of the Arsenal under-18 team.

Dan Micciche was previously at the helm, but he left the club to join another former Arsenal academy coach in Kevin Betsy at Crawley Town.

Arsenal have been on the lookout for a successor, and the report claims that Wilshere was the standout candidate. He is set to be announced as the as new under-18s boss soon.

That is excellent news. Wilshere didn’t fulfil his massive potential as a player, but he still has a lot to give. As a coach at the club he loves, he can make a real difference, and we really hope this works out.

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