Former Arsenal and England star Jack Wilshere has signed for Danish side Aarhus Gymnastikforening after agreeing a short-term contract until the end of the season. The 30-year-old midfielder has been desperate to continue his playing career but offers have been few and far between since his departure from Bournemouth at the end of last season.
Wilshere has been maintaining his fitness levels though with his boyhood club Arsenal after being invited to train with the first team by former team-mate Mikel Arteta.
Faint hope of a sensational return to the Emirates Stadium was shot down by the Spaniard in January though when Arsenal faced a selection crisis in midfield.
Some supporters had light-heartedly suggested signing Wilshere on a short-term contract but the club were willing to stick with their other options in the middle of the park.
Since then, Wilshere joined Arsenal in Dubai for a mid-season training camp as he patiently waited for new offers to arrive.
He is understood to have passed a medical on Sunday, also signing his contract. Aarhus have even reportedly handed Wilshere the No 10 shirt.
The Danish outfit are also said to have included a clause in the deal that will allow them to tie Wilshere down for a further year – should he impress.
AGF’s assistant coach Dave Reddington is believed to have played a crucial part in the transfer.
Wilshere will not be the only Englishman playing his football in Denmark though.
Former Liverpool and Rangers defender Jon Flanagan is currently lining up for first-division side HB Koge.
An unnamed Greek Super League side are also understood to have made a move for Wilshere before their transfer deadline.
After leaving Arsenal, Wilshere spent two years with West Ham where he made just 16 senior appearances before moving onto Bournemouth, where he previously spent time on loan in 2016/17.
In early February, Wilshere made it clear any hopes of a return to Arsenal had faded.
“The manager doesn’t want me to,” Wilshere said on talkSPORT. “Well, I don’t think he does.”
He added: “Arsenal is my club [but] I don’t know that [if I will sign for the club].
“I would love it to be Arsenal, but I’m not in control of that.”
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