Arteta was Wilshere’s Arsenal teammate for five years between 2011 and 2016, before the Spaniard retired after winning two FA Cups with the Gunners.
Wilshere moved to West Ham in 2018 after 17 years in north London, and says he has seen positive changes to Arsenal under Arteta since the former Manchester City assistant was appointed in December of last year.
“Everyone I’ve talked to since I left Arsenal or even when I was at Arsenal would say they wouldn’t mind playing against us because they knew they could have opportunities. In the future, we’ve always been a joke, “said Wilshere in a live Instagram chat with Sam Morgan.
“I’m not just talking about defense, but defensively as a team they would have a chance and I think Arteta changed that a bit. “
The midfielder then detailed what he saw at Arteta when he was his teammate.
“When I was playing with him, you don’t really think about it [him being a manager] but when I look back, you can see it, ”added Wilshere.
“He was one of those guys in training who was still there. He would not accept anything less than 100%.
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“Even if we did take possession, he would try to base this on a match and try to tell you what we should do.
“Around the training ground where he was the first, never late, he would do everything right. His discipline was unreal.
“On the field too, he was the leader for us. In and around the locker room, he wouldn’t get into any jokes.
“His English was good, he knew the game, he was good. He was a great player for us. “