The captaincy situation at Arsenal resembles the managerial one at Chelsea. Over the last five years, the armband at Arsenal has changed four times. (Gallas, Fabregas, Van Persie, Vermaelen). While each of these players possessed outstanding qualities, none of them had been able to exert the necessary pressure required to push the team to ultimate glory. And, after 8 years of trophy drought, the hunt for a captain, the stature of Vieira or Adams, could have been finally unraveled in the form of young Jack Wilshere.
No amount of words of admiration can begin to describe Jack Wilshere. He has been tipped by experts, pundits, fans and managers across the globe to become the next world beater. His passion and dedication towards the club remain unparalleled, the likes of which have not been seen at Arsenal for a few years.
Jack Wilshere joined Arsenal in 2001 at the age of nine from Luton Town’s youth programme. Throughout his youth playing career, he has led teams from the tender age of seven. Wilshere made his first Premier League start in the 2010-11 season against Liverpool and, went on to play a record breaking 49 games, a season which saw him winning two accolades; “PFA Young Player of the Year and the Arsenal player of the season Awards”.
After being on the sidelines for 17 months, Wilshere's return has been nothing short of magnificent. His fearless competitiveness, unquestionable attitude and dominant presence on the pitch proved what Arsenal had been missing.
However, does Wilshere have what it takes to be Arsenal’s next captain and leader? Can he be the one who can inspire the team even if it means screaming at the players and leading by example?
One thing is for sure, he has the right mentality, passion, desire & dedication required by any player who dawns an Arsenal shirt. The major difference with Wilshere is that he has been at Arsenal for over a decade and, win or lose his emotions are flooding the pitch. He is an Arsenal man through and through, just the kind of player who can lead the team and bring back the glory days at Arsenal.