Wilshere stood alongside Akpom, who was carrying the match ball after receiving the adulation of the fans, and backed the striker to follow in his footsteps.
Wilshere is seen as an example to all the players currently operating in all levels of our development squads, as he made arguably the hardest journey for a professional footballer at an elite club.
Joining us at the age of nine, Wilshere rose through the ranks to become one of our most important players, and Akpom is now tantalisingly close to making a similar transition.
“I know he loves the club, he’s an Arsenal man,” Wilshere states in the clip below while speaking to Sky Sports.
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However, as Wilshere’s probably already told the 20-year-old, Akpom’s next step will define his career and the forward must work hard to convince Arsene Wenger that he’s ready to stake a first-team claim.
One thing is for certain, if he proves his worth, the boss will play him.
Check out the duo’s interview below: