Arsene Wenger shares tips for ‘extraordinary’ Jack Wilshere on becoming a great coach | Soccer

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Jack Wilshere and his former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger (Picture: Getty/Sky Sports)

Arsene Wenger believes Jack Wilshere can become a world-class manager after his former Arsenal star announced his retirement on Friday.

Wilshere hung up his football boots aged just 30 after failing to recover from multiple serious injuries sustained in the latter stages of his career.

The midfielder emerged as a 16-year-old prodigy and became the youngest player in Arsenal history when Wenger made his debut in 2008.

“It’s a sad moment for me because Jack is an exceptional footballer,” Wenger told Sky Sports.

“He immediately showed the quality of being a main player. He was brave, he was talented and that’s why we thought he could start at such a young age.

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Wenger presented Wilshere with his debut in 2008, aged just 16 (Picture: Getty)

“When you can’t play at your best anymore it’s very difficult to swallow and you also lose confidence and I think he made the right decision.”

Wenger also recalled Wilshere’s outstanding individual performance against Barcelona in the Champions League in 2011, often cited as one of the best in Arsenal history.

“This game was special because Barcelona were the best in the world at the time and seeing him play with such quality at this level convinced you that he was among the best in the world,” added the Frenchman.

“Jack was able to unlock the game through short passes and his ability to pass people in one-on-one situations. He could push the game when there were no other solutions and he wasn’t scared of anyone or troubled by the big stage.”

Wilshere is now Arsenal Under-18s head coach and Wenger, one of the greatest coaches of all time, has credited the former England international with a stellar career on the touchline.

“The fact that he hasn’t been able to fulfill his potential could help motivate him to have a great coaching career. I wish that.

“Firstly, he has a great understanding of the game. He’s brave, he has great communication skills, he’s honest and he’s intelligent.

“Moreover, he had a frustrating end to his playing career. If he can turn that frustration into motivation and show how good he is at football, I think he has a promising career ahead of him as a coach.

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