Jack Wilshere looks as though he’s going to end up as Arsenal skipper one day. He’s the best player in the side at the moment and embodies everything which is great about a typically English midfielder.
If Arsenal are thinking about making a switch and replacing Thomas Vermaelen as the skipper then Wilshere is bound to be one of two players who could do the job, with the other being Mikel Arteta.
The obvious argument against giving Wilshere the captaincy for next season is the fact he’s still a very young man and there’s a risk that his performances will be affected by the greater levels of responsibility that come with the job.
However, his ability means he has it in him to demand the best from the rest of the current Arsenal team, especially as he’s going to be the centre point of any Arsenal side for the next few seasons.
His typically attacking and aggressive performances have the ability to rub off on the rest of the side, which is something that no Arsenal fan would argue against based on his current form.
Former Arsenal player and club legend Tony Adams was made captain of the side when he was just 21-years-old so any worries or anxiety over his age can be counter acted with examples of the past.
Of course Wilshere and Adams are different because one was a defender and one is a more advanced attacking midfielder but the point is it has been done before and it could be done again.
Wilshere has been brought up on the identity and with the philosophy of the football club so he’s as close to a real Gunner as the club are going to get.
It could also be a very sensible move because Wilshere is not likely to be dropped from the first time at any point in the near future.
He has just signed a new contract which mans his immediate future lies with the Gunners so Wenger can rest assured that he could build a side around him.
A lot does depend on how the summer goes for Vermaelen with a possible summer move away being tipped in various sections of the online media. If he stays than Arsene Wenger is unlikely to undermine his authority in the team.
Some sort of change is definitely needed at Arsenal, it’s just a case of whether this happens now or at some point in a couple of years.
Arsenal fans, do you want to see Wilshere as skipper next season?
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