When talking about Arsenal manager dreams, Jack Wilshere drops the biggest retirement hint yet.

Jack Wilshere has given his clearest hint yet about his retirement plans, revealing his ambition to manage Arsenal one day.

The former England international and Arsenal midfielder has been plagued by injuries throughout his career, and he is already making plans for his post-football career. The 30-year-old struggled for playing time during spells with West Ham and Bournemouth, and is now looking for a new club after a four-month stint with Aarhus in Denmark.

When Wilshere returned to Arsenal earlier this season, Mikel Arteta offered him the chance to work with the club’s youth teams, and Wilshere took advantage of the opportunity. While Wilshere is still open to offers to continue his playing career, the prospect of working in the dugout may tempt him to retire sooner rather than later.

“It has to be the right opportunity that comes up,” Wilshere said to the Telegraph when asked about his next steps. If a coaching opportunity arose, I would gladly say, “OK, that’s it, I’m done playing.” In a week’s time, that decision could be made. In two years’ time, it could happen.

“I’ve always wanted to be a coach and succeed at it.” When you look at the successful managers in the last five or six years, you’ll notice that they all started young. “Why not?” I ask myself.

Wilshere’s career thus far has been a tale of what could have been, but the Gunners fanbase still remembers him fondly. Despite having 34 caps for his country, the midfielder has not played for the Three Lions since 2016.

Following a four-month loan spell with Danish side Aarhus, Wilshere is looking for a new club once more.

Regardless of when Wilshere decides to hang up his boots, the 30-year-old has a clear vision for what he wants to do after football. “I’d love to sit here and say I want to be England manager or Arsenal manager,” he continued.

“However, I’m not so naive as to believe it just happens.” You must begin somewhere and work your way up from there.

“When he moved to Denmark, I was obviously a little concerned, a little worried about the future.” I had no idea how it would turn out. Then it changed for me as I began to coach on a daily basis. It was a blast for me. It’s something I’d be willing to do. It appeared to have a promising future for me.”

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