Just-in: Former Gunners – Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere retires from football

Former Gunners midfielder Jack Wilshere has retired from football.

The 30-year-old played 197 times for the club between 2008 and 2016, scoring 14 times but has now called time on a career that saw him become a star for club and country and represent the club with distinction.

Speaking on Twitter today, he said: “Today I am announcing my retirement from playing professional football.

“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. 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.”

As part of his farewell message, Wilshere also thanked numerous Arsenal staff members, including: “Words will never do justice to the love and thanks I have for the Boss, Arsene, Pat Rice and Boro Primorac. Without your belief, support and guidance from the very first day we met I wouldn’t have been able to become part of the Arsenal family. 

“I’m forever grateful to you all. A huge thank you to the board, management and everyone else connected with Arsenal FC. Having joined the club at the age of 7 years old you’ve become my extended family and thank you for everything.”

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