Arsenal’s new Under-18 head coach is Jack Wilshere.
On Friday, the former England international announced his retirement from football, and he quickly emerged as the leading candidate to replace Dan Micciche, who recently joined Crawley Town.
Wilshere is joined on the coaching team by Mehmet Ali, who takes over as the new Under-21 head coach after joining as an assistant in January.
“It’s a big honor to have this position,” Wilshere remarked. It goes without saying that I adore this club. I believe in what we stand for, and this academy has given me some of the happiest days of my life. This is a significant opportunity for me, and I am prepared. I’m hungry for success and can’t wait to help these young players develop on and off the field.
“Being a member of the Arsenal family is a unique experience. It never left me, and even after I moved away for a few years, my heart was always with Arsenal. I can’t wait to get started and help these young athletes thrive while surrounded by a fantastic team. “
Per Mertesacker, academy manager, stated, “This is fantastic news for everyone involved in our academy.” We’ve made a number of really great changes in the last several weeks, and I feel we’ve assembled the best team possible to build on the accomplishments we’ve made in recent years.
“Everyone knows how devoted Jack is to Arsenal. He understands what we want to do here, and he wowed us last year. He understands what it takes to go through the academy and into the first squad. Mehmet has also impressed us over the last six months, and we thought he was the appropriate man for the Under-21s post.”