Cesc Fabregas follows Jack Wilshere in returning to Arsenal with coaching role

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Cesc Fabregas and Jack Wilshere (Image: Twitter)
Cesc Fabregas and Jack Wilshere (Image: Twitter)

Cesc Fabregas has returned to Arsenal in a coaching role alongside Jack Wilshere this week - as the former Gunners midfielder took the latest step on his dream to become a manager.

The 35-year-old is currently plying his trade at Serie B side Como, but, with a three-week break between fixtures, Fabregas was allowed to go back to London Colney and help out the club's Under 18s. Como last played on Boxing Day and aren't in action until January 14, giving Fabregas some time to go back to his former side.

According to the Telegraph, Fabregas spent a couple of days at the Gunners' training ground to work with ex-teammate Wilshere, who is now the Arsenal U18s manager. Wilshere retired from professional football back in July and was handed a job at his boyhood club four days later, having previously done some coaching there.

With Fabregas keen to dip into the managerial world after he hangs up his boots, the former Barcelona midfielder has taken his next steps as he teamed-up with Wilshere. After joining Como in the summer, Fabregas revealed how he would like to become a Premier League manager one day.

He told Sky Sports News: "When I become a coach, as I have said, the Premier League has been my league, it is where I played my best football, my best years, where people respect me so much.

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"I feel really loved in England and, in the future, I would love [to coach there], why not? I'd love to [be a Premier League manager], 100 per cent. If I can look at a target in some years to come, then definitely, this is in my head."

Cesc Fabregas follows Jack Wilshere in returning to Arsenal with coaching roleCesc Fabregas is aiming to become a manager one day (Getty Images)

Wilshere's U18s have made a difficult start to their league campaign, having won just two of their opening nine matches. But the Gunners are through to the FA Youth Cup fourth round after beating Millwall 6-0 last time out.

Meanwhile, Arsenal's Under 23s side are top of their Premier League 2 table and have a number of players aged 18 and under in their ranks. 17-year-old superstar Amario Cozier-Dubbery is eligible to play for Wilshere's team but has promoted up to the U23s due to his quality - effecting the quality of the resources Wilshere has at his disposal.

When asked about his role in the summer, Wilshere said: "This is a big opportunity for me and I'm ready. I'm hungry and can't wait to help these young players thrive and be the best they can be on and off the pitch.

"It's a special feeling to be part of the Arsenal family. It never left me, and even though I moved on for a few years, my heart was always still at Arsenal. I can't wait to get started and help these young players thrive with a great team around me."

Kieran King

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