Arsenal in conversation with Wilshere over return, Arteta confirms
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17: Jack Wilshere of Arsenal applauds the fans after the Barclays Premier league match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on November 17, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Arsenal in conversation with Wilshere over return, Arteta confirms

"We are willing to help him as much as we possibly can, he knows that... a player that has a huge admiration around everybody. Not just the players and fans, but all the staff around here," Arteta said.

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has confirmed that a conversation is ongoing with Jack Wilshere over a return to the Emirates.

WuzupNigeria reported that the 29-year-old midfielder who has been clubless since leaving Bournemouth at the end of last season was invited by Arteta to return to train with the club.

"Our doors are always open," Arteta said of the 29-year-old who recently spent time training with Serie B side Como.

Reacting to the invite, Wilshere said that the gesture "is nice" and added that "just being in a team environment is something that I am interested in.

"I am sure that I will have a conversation with someone at the club over the next couple of days."

However, UK Metro on Thursday quoted Arteta confirming that conversations are ongoing with the ex-Gunner.

He said, "We are in conversations with Jack to understand as well what he needs, what he’s looking for.

"It’s a person and a player that has a huge admiration around everybody. Not just the players and fans, but all the staff around here.

"We are willing to help him as much as we possibly can, he knows that and that’s the situation.

Arteta however clarified the purpose of Wilshere's return to the club when asked if the midfielder will be handed a contract at the club.

"I wouldn’t take it that for," he said with a smile. "What I’m saying is we’re in conversations with him to understand what he needs, how we can help him and that’s it."

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