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Arsenal star who has impressed on loan so far this season says he doesn’t want to return while Jack Wilshere opens up on his return to London Colney.
‘It still feels like Arsenal’ says Wilshere
In an interview with Goal, Wilshere opened up on what it has been like reintegrating back into life at London Colney after refusing to throw the towel on his career.
The 29-year-old is currently a free agent and was welcomed back to north London to help maintain his match fitness as he perseveres with his mission of finding a new club.
Wilshere revealed how it felt strange going back but described how it was nice to see some old faces and get to work again.
“That first day, I trained with the first team and I’d done that walk so many times before,” he said. “But I hadn’t done it in ages and it was actually quite strange, quite surreal.
“It’s been nice to be back around the place. Obviously, I’ve got a lot of friends that are still here, staff members, people who I haven’t seen since I left. So, it’s nice to be back and to see some familiar faces.
“But it’s also good to be back training with a good group of quality players at a good intensity. It’s been tough but I’ve really enjoyed it.”
Hale End star completes impressive feat
Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who grew up in the Arsene Wenger era at Arsenal, looks to have been inspired by his former boss by taking his first steps towards a coaching role.
Wenger handed the Hale End graduate his breakthrough at the Gunners by giving him professional debut at the age of 17-years-old in an away game against Galatasaray in the Champions League, which is no mean feat.
Maitland-Niles made 38 appearances under the Frenchman and soon became renowned for incredible versatility, featuring as a left and right-back, a six, an eight and a left-midfielder.
Speaking on Arsenal’s Twitch Channel, the 24-year-old utility man was was asked what he’d be doing if he wasn’t a footballer before revealing that he has already done his coaching badges despite still being so young.
“I have a few of my coaching badges already, I don’t know if I will end up going into coaching, but it’s food for thought and it’s there if I need to,” he said.
“But something in sport maybe, being around players and helping them mentally prepare for their next steps.”
Arsenal’s £25m bid puts Hale End star at threat
Arsenal are ready to table a formal offer worth around £25m for Club Brugge’s Nao Lang, according to the Daily Mail.
Fichajes first broke the story in September reporting that the Gunners were interested the signing of highly-rated winger and now Mikel Arteta appears to have given the green light for the Dutchman’s arrival.
The 22-year-old winger has four goals and four assists across all competitions for the Belgian side this season, offering a glimpse into the profile of player Arteta is looking to prise to the Emirates.
Arsenal’s links with Lang have emerged following several question marks regarding the effectiveness and ability of the north London side’s wingers to consistently contribute towards goals.
Lang’s links to the Gunners may also spell Arteta’s stance on loanee Reiss Nelson, who also happens to be a winger.
Bellerin turns his back Arsenal
Hector Bellerin has spoken out on his future at Arsenal by claiming that he no intentions of returning to the Emirates despite having spent ten years at the club.
ABC Sevilla reported that the Gunners wanted €23 million (around £19m) for the right-back in the summer but no side was willing to match said asking price which ultimately saw the Spaniard leave on loan to Real Betis instead.
Bellerin, whose current deal in north London expires in 2023, all but confirmed his Arsenal exit revealing that he wouldn’t have joined Real Betis on loan had he not wanted to leave the club permanently.
“I don’t know, but I’ve always said if I didn’t want to be here next season, I wouldn’t have come from the beginning,” he said, speaking to Spanish outlet El Desmarque.
“There are many things to be decided but what I want to do is enjoy this season that I am here. And what has to happen will happen.”
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