Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is training with AFC Bournemouth to keep fit following his release from West Ham, the club have confirmed.
Wilshere spent the 2016-2017 campaign on loan at the Vitality Stadium, making 27 appearances to help the Cherries earn their highest Premier League finish.
After returning to the Emirates, the midfielder would establish himself aa regular during Arsene Wenger’s final season in north London, although the appointment of Unai Emery marked the end of Wilshere’s time with the Gunners.
Wilshere then joined London rivals West Ham in the summer of 2018 in a bid to get his career back on track, but injuries restricted the 28-year-old to just 19 appearances across two seasons with the Hammers, before his contract was terminated in October.
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And the England man has been a free agent since his departure from the London Stadium – with the Cherries confirming on Tuesday morning that Wilshere has returned to the South Coast in order to maintain fitness levels in hope of earning himself a club in the New Year.
This makes complete sense.
Bournemouth are a club that Wilshere knows well, so it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to see Wilshere returning, whilst Jason Tindall should welcome his competitive nature in training.
In terms of potentially winning himself a contract with the Cherries, it remains unclear whether that is something Bournemouth are planning on, but for the short-term, it’s a great gesture.