Jack Wilshere reveals how it was a referee officiating a game he was playing in that scouted him to join Arsenal.
Jack Wilshere currently plays for West Ham United. The England midfielder spent the previous 10 years on the books at Arsenal.
How he ended up there was thanks to a scouting referee, when he was a nine-year-old playing for Luton Town’s youth team.
The midfielder reveals how the referee of the youth game he was playing in picked him to come to play for the Gunners.
In an interview reported by Goal, he reveals how at the time he didn’t really care about playing for Arsenal.
“I was playing for Luton and we were playing against Barnet and the ref was actually scouting for Arsenal.”
“He came up to my dad afterward and told him he wanted me to come along.”
“He didn’t even say it was a trial, he just wanted to sign me for Arsenal.”
“I’ll be honest with you, I didn’t want to go.”
“I remember it so clearly, I was nine and I was in the park with my mate.”
“My dad pulled up in his little red van and said: ‘This is the last day you’ve got to make a decision’.”
“I said to my mate: ‘F*ck it. I’m going to Arsenal’, and the rest is history.”