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Jack Wilshere

Position:
Midfielder
Date of birth:
1st January 1992
Nationality:
England
Height:
172
Date signed:
18th January 2021
Previous clubs:
West Ham United

Jack Wilshere signed permanently for AFC Bournemouth in January 2021 having enjoyed a fruitful loan spell with the club in 2016/17.

The midfielder made 27 appearances for the Cherries, helping them to ninth place in the Premier League, the club’s highest top-flight finish.

He moved to Vitality Stadium on a season-long loan from Arsenal in August 2016 and featured in wins against West Brom, Everton, Hull, Stoke, Liverpool, Leicester, West Ham and Swansea (twice).

Wilshere won back-to-back player-of-the-month awards in November and December and played a starring role in the memorable 4-3 comeback victory over Liverpool.

His loan was cut short after he sustained a hairline fracture to his left fibula during a clash with Tottenham’s Harry Kane in April 2017.

Wilshere progressed through the much-vaunted academy ranks at Arsenal and helped the Gunners win the FA Youth Cup in 2009.

At 16 years and 256 days, he became Arsenal’s youngest league debutant when he came off the bench in a 4-0 win against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park in September 2008.

In the same season, he scored his first career goal in a 6-0 victory against Sheffield United in the League Cup and also debuted in the Champions League, becoming the fifth 16-year-old to feature in the competition.

Wilshere made 14 appearances for Bolton Wanderers during a loan spell in the second half of 2009/10 before his breakthrough season came with Arsenal in 2010/11.

The campaign started with Wilshere winning his first senior cap for England when he replaced Steven Gerrard in the 83rd minute of a 2-1 win against Hungary in a friendly.

Wilshere’s exploits in 2010/11 saw him named PFA young player of the year and Arsenal’s player of the year, together with earning a place in the PFA’s Premier League team of the season.

An ankle injury sustained during an Emirates Cup game against New York Red Bulls saw him miss the 2011/12 season. He also sat out the 2012 Summer Olympics and England’s Euro 2012 campaign.

Wilshere returned to action with a man-of-the-match display in a 1-0 win over QPR in October 2012 and captained the Gunners in the absence of regular skipper Thomas Vermaelen.

In 2013/14, Wilshere came off the bench to help Arsenal beat Hull City in the final of the FA Cup, their first piece of silverware since 2005.

He added a second FA Cup winners’ medal to his collection when he came on as a substitute in Arsenal’s 4-0 win over Aston Villa at Wembley in May 2015.

In 2014/15, Wilshere also received the BBC goal-of-the-season award for the second year in succession, the first player to achieve the feat since the start of the Premier League.

A broken leg sustained during pre-season training ahead of 2015/16 restricted Wilshere to three Premier League appearances.

And after coming off the bench in two of Arsenal’s first games of 2016/17, Wilshere completed his loan move to Vitality Stadium and proved a big hit with Cherries supporters.

Having scored 14 goals in 197 appearances in all competitions for Arsenal, Wilshere left the club following the expiry of his contract in June 2018.

He signed for West Ham in July 2018 and played 19 times for the Hammers before returning to AFC Bournemouth as a free agent having spent three weeks training with the club.

Capped by England at under-16, 17, 19 and 21 level, Wilshere has made 34 appearances for his country and was part of the 2014 World Cup squad.

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