Wilshere wants Arsenal captaincy

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has revealed that it is his dream to one day captain the Gunners, ESPN has reported, having had a brief taste of wearing the armband already.

Wilshere captained the team for the final 20 minutes of a match against West Ham in January and believes that he is ready to take on a leadership role in Arsene Wenger’s squad. Despite being only 21-years-old Wilshere has more than 100 appearances for the club to his name and has been part of the first team since he was 16.

It is that longevity that Wilshere believes lends credence to his case to be Arsenal’s captain in future. “I’ve grown up at this club and I have captained the club at under-16 level, under-18 level,” Wilshere said. “I want to [be a leader] for this club.

From the team that I first broke into a lot of them have gone so I’m one of the few who’s been around, there’s Bac [Sagna] as well but I’m one of the only midfielders who has been around for a while,” the England international added.

Wilshere added that if he was to be appointed captain he would aim to follow the lead of Mikel Arteta, the current No.2 to skipper Thomas Vermaelen. “Mikel came in, he was the captain at Everton and he’s the vice-captain here and you can tell by the way he is off the pitch, even when he was injured he was in the dressing room and giving us support,” Wilshere noted.

He went on to say that he already feels one of the senior players at the club, but is thankful still that he has experience to turn to himself. “ I do feel a bit of responsibility,” Wilshere admitted, “But I have players around to help me.

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