Expert lambasts Arsenal 'injustice' amid Jack Wilshere latest
It is an “injustice” to suggest that Jack Wilshere is unqualified to hold his new role at Arsenal.
That is the view of training ground Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis.
Wilshere, 30, confirmed his retirement from playing earlier this month (8 July) after a career littered with injuries.
Arsenal announced last Monday (11 July) that the former midfielder has been named the head coach of their Under-18 side.
As quoted by Sky Sports on Monday (18 July), former Arsenal assistant manager Steve Bould hailed Wilshere’s “intelligence” and claimed that he is a “great appointment”.
But critics argue that the London Colney academy graduate was only handed the role because of his history with the Gunners.
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Dinnery insists that the 34-cap England man has the right skills and experience.
“He started doing his coaching badges in 2017,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.
“I think he made the conscious decision back then that he wanted to have some sort of role in a coaching capacity.
“He has got a Level 2 FA badge and had a conversation with Per Mertesacker, who asked him if he wanted to study with him for a Uefa B badge.
“The argument that he has been shoehorned in there because he is a former player does Jack Wilshere a little bit of an injustice. This has been on his radar for at least the last five years.
“You might question his hours of direct coaching, but what he lacks in experience he makes up for with countless hours of playing under the world’s best managers.”