By Alex Taylor

Jack Wilshere took advice from football icon David Beckham before he joined Bournemouth on loan from Arsenal, according to a report.

The Daily Mail claim that the former England captain rang Wilshere to offer his advice as the 24-year-old weighed up potential moves to Crystal Palace and Roma, before eventually joining the Cherries.

Beckham, who has played for Real Madrid, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and LA Galaxy, has established a strong relationship with Arsenal since leaving Manchester United.

The 41-year-old spent time training with the Gunners in the MLS off-season during his time at LA Galaxy and branded anti-Wenger protesters ‘disgraceful’ in March earlier this year.

Wilshere is now readying himself for his first game under new manager Eddie Howe at Warren Cummings testimonial match against AC Milan on Saturday.

The former Bolton loanee will need to have his eyes fixed on his new team as Premier League rulings now state Arsenal will not be able to recall Wilshere from his loan spell if Wenger’s squad is hit by injury.

The north London outfit have been boosted by the return of Santi Carzola and the arrival of new man Granit Xhaka in midfield, allowing them to offer Wilshere the chance of regular first-team football away from the Emirates.

The midfield talisman, who has suffered badly from injury over the last five years, was a substitute in each of Arsenal’s opening three Premier League matches of the season and has played just 37 minutes in total.

In other Arsenal transfer news, Trevor Sinclair has compared Wilshere to Wayne Rooney while discussing the 24-year-old’s potential loan move this summer.