Wenger has no doubt Wilshere is future Arsenal captain
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is convinced that Jack Wilshere will become the captain of the Gunners in the years to come
Arsene Wenger is convinced that Jack Wilshere will be captain of Arsenal one day after the midfielder took the armband on Wednesday against West Ham.
Current skipper Thomas Vermaelen was substituted with an ankle injury in the 5-1 win over the Hammers and instinctively handed the armband to the 21-year-old midfielder.
Wilshere described captaining his boyhood club as “one of the best moments in my career so far” after the game.
And Arsenal boss Wenger believes the England international’s leadership qualities mean he is certain to become the permanent Gunners captain in the years to come.
Wenger said: “[Wilshere] is naturally a guy who is not scared of anything on the football pitch and that is usually the sign of a leader. He wants to win and shows you that.
“Of course he will be one of the leaders of this club – in fact he already is. A leader is somebody who does everything on the pitch to help his team to win. And he does that.
“If you are asking me if I will take the captaincy away from Vermaelen [then my answer is] no. But I think Jack will be captain of this club one day.
“First of all, because of the quality of the player. Second, his commitment and desire to win. And his understanding of the game. He understands football very well and senses on the pitch what you have to do.”