Jack Wilshere, following team-mates Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott, has spoken out about the exit rumours surrounding top players Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri. He said following last years stay at the Emirates, Fabregas proved he was a ‘real man’ and is urging him to do the same this year along with our other midfielder Samir Nasri to prove they have some loyalty to the club.
Putting added pressure on the two players, he had this to say: “Loyalty is a big part of football and it shows if you are a real man or not.
“There have been a few players who have shown Arsenal great loyalty and hopefully we will get a few more like that. Then we will see if we can get a trophy or not.
“If you are loyal, it means you are a real man. We have got loyalty at Arsenal and players have shown that in the past – Cesc showed that last year and hopefully a few more players will show it this year.
“We have got a good team. We know that and we need to keep our big players. If you look at Tottenham, they are fighting to keep Luka Modric.
“It’s the same for any team – you have to keep your best players. We have to keep ours if we want to win things.
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“Robin [van Persie] has said we would be devastated id we lost Cesc. It’s the same for me. He has been a role model for me and he is the player I want to aspire to.
“It would be a shame if we lose him, but hopefully we can keep hold of him.”
Wilshere also spoke out about his own loyalty to the club and what it would mean to him if Arsenal finally won a long awaited trophy saying: “It would mean everything to win a trophy.
“Last season we just missed out – that last minute against Birmingham [when Arsenal conceded the goal that lost the Carling Cup Final] ruined everything in a way.
“We are always there or thereabouts at the end of the season, but we need to stay strong and maybe [make] a few more signings and we will be all right.
“I am still young. I like to enjoy my life. But my life is at Arsenal, football is my life and that is the most important thing. But I want to win trophies. Being a role model comes as part and parcel of being a footballer.”
It is great to see that while some modern footballers mull over their wages and future at other clubs, such a young star player can make a mature decision to stay loyal to what he has already. The commitment shown by Wilshere is a great example and adds further pressure on both Fabregas and Nasri to stay at the Emirates and man up.