Biography

Jack Wilshere

Jack Wilshere is an English footballer currently at Arsenal. Find out more about Jack in our in-depth biography

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Jack Wilshere is an English footballer who currently plays for Premier League club Arsenal.

The Englishman started his professional career at Arsenal after Jack came through the youth ranks at the north London club.

Wilshere is Arsenal’s youngest ever league debutant at the age of 16 years, 256 days.

Jack has struggled with a string of injuries throughout his Gunners career to limit his progress.

The Arsenal star earned his first call up to the England national team and made his debut as a second-half substitute for Steven Gerrard against Hungary in 2010.

Wilshere opened his England account with two goals in a 3-2 victory over Slovakia in June 2015.

Personal Information:

Date of birth: 1 January 1992
Age: 26 years old
Place of birth: Stevenage, United Kingdom
Nationality: English
Height: 148cm / 5ft 8 ins
Weight: 64kg / 143 lbs
Wages: £100,000 a week
Transfer value: £40 million

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Arsenal

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Jack moved to Arsenal from Luton Town at the age of nine in 2001.

He earned a reputation as an exciting talent after Wilshere helped Arsenal to win the FA Youth Cup in 2009. He made two assists and scored a goal in a man of the match performance to help Arsenal beat Liverpool FC in the final.

Arsene Wenger included Wilshere in his 2008-09 squad following his excellent performances under Under-18s coach Steve Bould.

Wilshere, who was handed the No19 shirt, made his Premier League debut as an 84th minute substitute for Robin van Persie at Blackburn Rovers.

He became the youngest-ever player to represent Arsenal at the age of 16 years, 256 days.

10 days later, Wilshere scored his first Arsenal goal in a 6-0 win against Sheffield United in the League Cup.

Jack became the 15th 16-year-old to play in the Champions League when he made a substitute appearance in November 2008.

He finished the 2008-09 season with one goal and one assist in eight appearances in all competitions.

Bolton Wanderers (loan)

Wilshere was sent on loan to Arsenal’s Premier League rivals Bolton Wanderers for the second half of the 2009-10 campaign.

His first Bolton goal was also his first in the Premier League after the midfielder scored in a 2-1 win over West Ham United.

Jack scored one goal and made one assist in 14 games for Bolton during his loan spell.

Arsenal

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Wilshere started Arsenal’s opening three Premier League games to help the Gunners beat Blackburn Rovers and Blackpool and secure a point against Liverpool FC.

Jack made an assist in Arsenal’s 6-0 win over Portuguese side Braga in the Champions League to help Wenger’s side reach the group stage.

He continued to excel in the Champions League with a goal and two assists in victories over Dynamo Kyiv and Shakhtar Donetsk.

Wilshere netted his first Premier League goal of the season in a 2-1 win against Aston Villa.

Jack earned rave reviews for his performances in Arsenal’s victories over their bitter rivals Chelsea FC and Manchester United.

Wilshere produced an assured performance in a 2-1 victory over FC Barcelona in the Champions League at The Emirates. He started the return leg at Camp Nou but the Gunners lost 4-3 on aggregate.

He has scored two goals and has made six assists in 51 appearances in the 2010-11 season.

Jack suffered a stress fracture ankle injury at the start of the 2011-12 campaign. He didn’t feature in the season due to the fitness setback.

After 524 days, Wilshere made his return from a long-standing ankle injury as a substitute in a 1-0 win against Queens Park Rangers on 27 October 2012.

He got on the score sheet in a 1-0 victory over Montepellier in the Champions League in November.

Jack was a regular in the Arsenal team throughout December, January and February. He even signed a new long-term contract with the Gunners.

Wenger handed Wilshere the captain’s armband for Arsenal’s 5-1 win against West Ham United at The Emirates.

Jack suffered a injury setback in Arsenal’s 2-1 loss to Tottenham in the north London derby at the start of March.

He returned in mid April to feature in their last seven games of the campaign.

Wilshere managed to stay injury-free for the start of the 2013-14 season.

The England midfielder opened his account for the campaign with a goal in a 1-1 draw with West Brom in October 2013.

Wilshere scored one of the goals of the season in a 4-1 victory over Norwich City after he finished an incredible team move.

He scored twice in a 2-0 win against Marseille in the Champions League.

Jack scored and made an assist in a 2-1 victory over Aston Villa in January 2014.

However, his season was cut short when he suffered a hairline fracture on his left foot during a 5-1 loss to Liverpool FC at Anfield.

He was an extra time substitute in Arsenal’s 3-2 extra-time win over Hull City in the FA Cup final in May 2014.

Jack impressed in Arsenal’s 3-0 win against Manchester City in the Community Shield at Wembley. Wilshere netted a superb goal in a 2-2 draw with the Citizens at The Emirates in the Premier League in September 2014.

He managed to stay fit until December when a challenge damaged his ankle ligaments in a 2-1 loss to Manchester United at The Emirates.

Jack didn’t make his return to first-team action until May 2015 when he came off the bench in Arsenal’s 3-1 win against Hull City.

He scored in a 1-0 win against West Brom in their final Premier League game of the season.

Wilshere was a substitute in Arsenal’s 4-0 win against Aston Villa in the FA Cup final at Wembley.

Jack broke his fibula ahead of the Emirates Cup in pre-season to keep him sidelined for three months. He was required to undergo surgery in September to extend his spell on the touchline.

Wilshere was an 84th minute substitute for Mesut Ozil in Arsenal’s goalless draw with Sunderland in April 2016. He made a further three appearances in the remaining months of the season.

Bournemouth (loan)

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Jack moved to Bournemouth on loan for the 2016-17 season.

He was handed the number 32 shirt. Jack made his Bournemouth debut in a 1-0 win against West Brom as a substitute.

Jack managed to maintain his fitness throughout the majority of the campaign to get some vital first-team minutes under his belt.

Wilshere made two assists – against Southampton and Everton – in 27 games in the Premier League for the Cherries.

Jack suffered a hairline fracture to his left fibula following a clash with Harry Kane in Bournemouth’s 4-0 loss to Tottenham in April 2017.

Arsenal

Wenger told Wilshere that he was free to leave the club at the start of the 2017-18 season.

Jack opted to remain at Arsenal and fight for his place at the north London side.

He made his first appearance of the season in a 3-1 win against Cologne in the Europa League in September.

Jack’s first start of the 2017-18 campaign came in a 1-0 win against Doncaster Rovers in the League Cup.

Wilshere opened his account for the season with a goal in a 6-0 victory over BATE Borisov in the Europa League.

His first Premier League start came in a goalless draw with West Ham at the London Stadium.

Wilshere got on the score sheet in 2-2 draw with Chelsea FC at Stamford Bridge in January 2018.

International career

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Jack made his England debut as a substitute for Gerrard against Hungary in August 2010.

He was the 10th youngest player ever to play for England, at the age of 18 years and 222 days.

Jack’s first start for the Three Lions came in a game against Denmark under Fabio Capello in 2011.

He missed Euro 2012 due to injury. He came back to produce a man of the match performance in a 2-1 win over Brazil in 2013.

Jack made appearances against Italy and Costa Rica in England’s disappointing 2014 World Cup campaign.

His first England goals came in a 3-2 win over Slovakia in Euro 2016 qualifying.

Personal life

Jack has been an Arsenal fan since the age of 9 despite his family being West Ham supporters.

Wilshere has two children with his former girlfriend Lauren Neal called Archie and Delliah.

Jack started dating his barber’s daughter, Andriani Michael, in 2015. The pair got married in Turin in June 2017.

Interesting facts about Jack Wilshere

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• Wilshere actually started his career with Luton Town but Arsenal spotted him in a game against Barnet and snapped him up, aged nine.

• At the age of 16 years and 329 days, Jack Wilshere became the youngest Arsenal player to appear in European football.

• Jack won the PFA young player of the year award and was named in the PFA team of the year in 2010-11.

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