Mikel Arteta responds to Jack Wilshere return claim as he admits it would be a “dream”
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Mikel Arteta has played down speculation Arsenal could re-sign Jack Wilshere after the midfielder admitted it would be a "dream" to play for the Gunners again.
Wilshere spent 10 years at Arsenal, five of these playing alongside Arteta.
The Englishman signed for West Ham in 2018, but the 28-year-old was released in the summer after two seasons hampered by injuries.
Wilshere would like nothing more than to represent Arsenal once again, although admitted a move at this stage in his career is unlikely.
Wilshere told the ITV Football Football Show: "Listen, you never know. I'm an Arsenal man. I've not spoken to anyone or anything but that would be the dream.
Mikel Arteta has played down speculation Arsenal could re-sign Jack Wilshere
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"I'm not stupid to know that there's probably no chance of it happening but I'm an Arsenal man, I love the club and want to see the club do well."
Arsenal boss Arteta was asked about the speculation in his press conference on Wednesday, but played down a possible transfer for Wilshere.
"We haven't analysed that situation," said Arteta. "As a player, a teammate, a person, I rate him really highly but at the moment we haven't looked at that."
A more pressing concern for Arteta is getting the best out of £72million forward Nicolas Pepe, who was sent off last time out against Leeds United.
Wilshere would like nothing more than to represent Arsenal once again
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"I will give Nico my full support all the time," said Arteta.
"He knows the things he has to improve. I have a lot of responsibility to get the best out of him… I cannot fault at all his effort."
The Spaniard added that Pepe apologised to him privately.
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