Arsene Wenger’s message to Arsenal fans about Jack Wilshere

Arsene Wenger explains why he has chosen to make Jack Wilshere Arsenal captain recently

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Jack Wilshere
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere Photo: Puma

Arsene Wenger has insisted that he had no hesitation about making Jack Wilshere Arsenal captain.

The England midfielder has earned a regular spot in the first team in recent months after having struggled for form and fitness in recent seasons.

Wilshere spent last season on loan to Bournemouth and was made to wait for his chances in the first team at Arsenal after returning to the club last summer.

The midfielder has been in solid form for the Gunners and he has been captaining his boyhood club in recent weeks as he helped them to reach the Europa League quarter-finals against CSKA Moscow.

Wilshere’s future at Arsenal continues to be a source of speculation, with the midfielder’s current contract at The Emirates set to expire in the summer.

However, Wenger has now opened up about his decision to hand Wilshere the armband in recent games.

Wenger told beIN Sports: “He [Wilshere] was born here basically. He has a long history with the club, strong link with the club.

“As well he is the kind of leader for his attitude and for his tactical knowledge on the pitch.

“Apart from his technical top qualities he has personality and is in the right place on the pitch, and now with the maturity to organise around him.

“That’s why I played him in a central role. I just thought the combination of history, the fact that he’s a long term player for the club.

“And the fact that he has experience and knowledge now, I trust now to make him captain.”

Arsenal will return to Premier League action after the international break on Sunday when they host Stoke City at The Emirates.

With the Gunners in sixth place in the Premier League table, it seems that their best hope of qualifying for next season’s Champions League will be to win the Europa League this season.

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