Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has confessed that it would be his dream to receive the opportunity to wear the captain’s armband for the England national side, but admitted the decision depended on the manager at the time he contests the position.
Arsenal’s youth academy has developed excellent players over the last decade, and that is down to the precise eye for talent in the youth coaching staff. The consistency with which the academy’s coaches get the right players to develop in the right direction is every club’s dream. Right from the days of legends like the Scot – Paul Dickov, who was one of Manchester City’s star players, to Kieran Gibbs, who is now an established member of the Arsenal starting lineup, the coaches have been training the players on the right path. However, it is hard to decipher why youth academies of other clubs do not produce players on a regular basis as does Arsenal’s.
Wilshere’s development is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the coaches at the youth academy. He was spotted as a Luton Town player in 2001, and Arsenal decided to buy him at the astounding age of 9. Wilshere was among the Arsenal reserves for seven years, until he was offered his first professional contract by the club to ensure he stayed. His talent in midfield was unique because of his swift movement in and around the opposition half, always looking for open spaces to make himself available and take play forward. He made his first team debut in July, 2008 against Barnet, and immediately had an impact as he set up a goal for then team mate Jay Simpson. From then on, a loan spell at Bolton Wanderers was enough to convince Wenger to play him on 35 occasions in the following season.
The 21-year old has not had the rub of the green when it comes to injuries, but having played in the England senior team a number of times and his fitness starting to look like it is solid, the future is now bright for the midfielder.
According to Yahoo! Eurosport, Wilshere revealed his desire to wear the armband one day.
He said, “It’s every kid’s dream to captain your country,”
“I grew up watching David Beckham. He was my role model. It is up to whoever is in charge but that would be a dream come true.”