Jack Wilshere has talked of his pride in wearing the Arsenal captain’s armband in midweek, and is targeting an extended spell as club stalwart.
The midfielder is currently enjoying a fine spell of form in the first-team, and is expected to open contract talks over a new deal in the coming weeks. Wilshere’s current deal is set to run out at the end of the season, but he has once again reiterated his desire to stay with the club with his latest comments.
Jack said: “I want to be Arsenal captain, I’ve said that before.
“I really enjoyed the other night, the first time I’ve started as captain.
“Walking the boys out was a special feeling for me and my family.
“That is something I want to do. I never really stopped dreaming about that.”
The midfielder has been amongst our better player s since regaining fitness after being sidelined from mid-way through last season whilst on-loan with Bournemouth.
Jack has endured a torrid time with injuries over the years, and was given an extended time to rehabilitate with limited minutes to build up his strength and fitness when returning, but is now commanding a key role in our side.
Wilshere will of course have to be fit into the side on Aaron Ramsey’s return, with the pair likely to be seen as lacking that defensive metal needed to play as a central midfield pairing in the current system, and I thoroughly expect our formation to be changed when both are fit and ready.
The England international seemed most fed up with life when being sent out to play for Bournemouth, with a number of comments showing bitterness at having to leave in order to gain guaranteed first-team football, but has come back fighting, and appears to have no intention to leave the club ever, and could once again be described as an Arsenal player through-and-through.
Wilshere is now targeting the captain’s armband, with the armband being regularly passed around due to the current club captain being Per Mertesacker, a player who is no longer a first-choice star amongst our ranks.
Does the 26 year-old deserve to be considered for captaincy? Is he the long-term captain our team has lacked for some time? Is he our most important player at present? Could his signing be more important than that of Mesut Ozil?