Jack Wilshere named Arsenal Under-18 head coach

Jack Wilshere has been named Arsenal’s new Under-18 head coach.

The former England international announced his retirement from playing on Friday and soon emerged as the standout candidate to replace Dan Micciche, who recently joined Crawley Town.

Wilshere is joined on the coaching staff by Mehmet Ali, who takes over as the new head coach of the Under-21 side having joined as an assistant in January.

Wilshere said: “It’s a huge honour to have this role. It’s no secret that I love this club. I love what we stand for and a big part of my life was spent in this academy, some of the best days of my life. This is a big opportunity for me and I’m ready. I’m hungry and can’t wait to help these young players thrive and be the best they can be on and off the pitch.

“It’s a special feeling to be part of the Arsenal family. It never left me, and even though I moved on for a few years, my heart was always still at Arsenal. I can’t wait to get started and help these young players thrive with a great team around me.”

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