Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has committed his future to the club, and claimed that he would be hurt should we decide to sell him this summer, the Daily Mail reports.
Wilshere has been constantly linked with a move to Manchester City (via the Mirror), and despite Arsene Wenger dismissing the rumours, talk of his long-term future remains.
The 23-year-old has been at the club since the age of nine, and is our most successful academy graduate since Ashley Cole. Wilshere has been earmarked as a future captain for us given his close ties with the club and his undoubted talent.
The playmaker revealed that he sees himself still at Arsenal at the start of next season.
“Yeah,” Wilshere said when asked whether he’ll still be at the club in September.
“I would be hurt if they sold me.”
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“I want Arsenal to want me. So if they didn’t want me, it would hurt. It would be strange playing for another club. I went to Bolton on loan and that was strange.”
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Wilshere reserved special praise for the man with which he has shared a special bond with over the past decade – Wenger.
“My first coaching session with him was when I was 14. We have known each other for a long time. I know he’s one of the only people that I can go to and ask how I’m playing and he’ll be honest with me.”
Wenger isn’t one to ditch a player due to injury problems, and previous cases such as Robin van Persie, Tomas Rosicky, and Abou Diaby should fill Wilshere with hope.
If ever there were a time where the boss’ loyalty to a player is justified, then Wilshere’s case would be it.
We need players who know the club and can relate to those in the terraces, and Wilshere is a slight miracle. Growing up in north London, we found one of Europe’s gems right on our doorstep.
He will overcome his injuries due to their nature. Traumatic injuries, those suffered due to a bad challenge, are easy to cure. The kicking will stop.
And then we’ll have a serious player on our hands. With Arsenal DNA too!