Former Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere has announced his retirement from professional football. Wilshere made the announcement less than a day before announcing that he had left the Danish side AGF to take the next step in his career. He was Arsenal’s youngest player to play in the Premier League in 2008 when he came on at the age of 16.
“It has been an unbelievable journey filled with so many incredible moments and I feel privileged to have experienced all that I did during my career,” former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere said. “From being the little boy kicking a ball around in the garden to captaining my beloved Arsenal and playing for my country at a World Cup. I have lived my dream. In truth, it has been difficult to accept that my career has been slipping away in recent times due to reasons outside of my control whilst feeling that I have still had so much to give. Having played at the very highest level I have always held such huge ambitions within the game and if I am truthful, I did not envisage being in this position at times.”
“However, having had time to reflect and talk with those closest to me I know that now is the right time and despite the difficult moments, I look back on my career with great pride at what I have achieved,” he added. “Playing at the very highest level with some of the best players in the world, winning FA Cups, captaining my club, and representing my country was beyond my wildest dreams when I was a small boy growing up in Hitchin. I feel very fortunate to have had the career I’ve had, but none of it would have been possible if it wasn’t for the love and support of so many people.”