Arsene Wenger hails Jack Wilshere for being 'much more mature'

Florence Fletcher
January 22, 2018

"I see him [as a possible captain] because he's an Arsenal man".

Arsene Wenger has backed Jack Wilshere's chances of becoming Arsenal captain one day, saying the midfielder is "one of the leaders of the future". However, the Sun reported earlier this week that the new deal for Wilshere would come with a 20 percent pay cut and a full medical, given his injury history.

Wilshere is out of contract at the end of the season and he can leave on a free transfer.

A source said: 'Jack interests Juventus and feelers have been put out.

The 26-year old has less than six months left on his existing deal with the North London outfit and the Bianconeri are looking to pounce on the opportunity to try and sign him on a Bosman transfer at the end of the season.

He was made captain in the Carabao Cup semi-final against Chelsea - an honour he could be getting on a more permanent basis if he chooses to stay.

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"He was here at the age of ten and has some leadership qualities".

"I agree completely that 2018 until now has not been very positive but I am long enough in the job to know that what is important is how we respond to it and to focus on the performance". Maybe Ozil will be back as well.

And before the return fixture at the Emirates today, Wenger praised his player's new-found maturity, which has seen him carry a struggling team that is winless in five matches since that success at Selhurst Park.

Thomas - who memorably scored a last-gasp goal against Liverpool to win Arsenal the title in 1989 - praised Wenger's contribution to the club during his 21-year reign, but suggested that it could be time for the Frenchman to step down from his role. We have to find out if he wants to stay and then after that we have to find satisfying financial agreement with Jack that is good for him.

Wenger added: "He is much more patient and mature now".

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