Mikel Arteta was known for his thoroughness as a player at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Jack Wilshere says Mikel Arteta was the ‘teacher’s pet’ at Arsenal during their playing days together.

The 30-year-old has just finished a stint in Denmark and has hinted at retirement as he looks ahead to a career in coaching.

However, from 2011-16 he featured alongside Arteta at the Emirates, winning two FA Cups, with the Spaniard captaining the side for the final two of those years and going on to become the north London side’s manager.

Speaking to the Evening Standard, Wilshere – who made over 100 appearances in a red shirt – suggested it was not hard to see Arteta going into coaching due to how the Spaniard carried himself at Arsenal.

He said: ‘I was the naughty one and he (Arteta) was the teacher’s pet. When I was back at Arsenal (coaching recently), Manuel Almunia was there.

‘I went over to him when he was talking to Mikel and we were chatting. He said to me, “Are you the same Jack?” Mikel said, “No, he’s not. He’s the complete opposite”.’

Arteta and Jack Wilshere played at Arsenal together for five years (Picture: Getty)

During his time at Arsenal, Wilshere was not an entirely controversial character but, occasionally, found himself in hot water.

In 2015, he sung some choice words about Tottenham during an Arsenal victory parade. While, he was often criticised for smoking and drinking in nightclubs during his spells out with injury.

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The midfielder spent this season at Aarhus in Denmark, making 14 Superliga appearances, and is considering his next move, while holding ambitions of getting into coaching.

He added: ‘I’d love to sit here and say I want to be England manager, I want to be Arsenal manager. But I am not stupid enough to think that just happens. You have to go and start somewhere, learn your trade, build yourself up.

‘I’ve got a big desire to coach and become successful at that. You look at the managers who have been successful in the last five or six years, they started young, so I just think, why not?’


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