It has been a long time since Tony Adams was the definitive Mr. Arsenal, and he famously said that when the Gunners offered him a new contract, he would just sign without even reading it, that is how much he loved playing for us.
Now it looks like Jack Wilshere is set to beome our new leader, and hopefully he can have as much effect on the side that Adams did in his heyday. Wenger is convinced that he can be and made that clear yesterday wheen Le Prof was asked if he saw Jack’s future being with Arsenal. “I see him here because he is an Arsenal man,” Wenger said. “He was here at the age of 10 and I believe as well he’s not only been here for a long time but he has some leadership qualities. He has a football brain. He is completely focused on Arsenal.
“The fact that he has been away and come back makes him realise as well that life here is not so bad maybe. That is something that is important that he can be one of the leaders in the future.
“He is much more patient and mature now. Before his desire to play was the only thing that mattered. Today he can analyse better. Is he fit or not fit? What is he to do? He has a lot of prevention to do and he does that religiously now. Before he was a bit more, My body can take that’ like we all are when we are 20 years old.”
“Who would question his love and commitment for the club,” Wenger added. “Nobody. We have to find an agreement that makes him happy and the wish that in the future he remains fit.”
Us Arsenal fans have always lamented the lack of leaders on the pitch, someone who can galvanize the players to keep going, to keep their heads up when things don’t go our way. I really do believe that Jack can be that man, and will be spoken of as Mr. Arsenal for many years in the future..