Jack Wilshere has revealed that Arsene Wenger personally suggested he take Arsenal’s number 10 shirt in the aftermath of Robin van Persie’s departure last year.
The midfielder, who was still sidelined by injury at the time, admits the opportunity came as a huge personal boost during the final stages of his rehabilitation with Dennis Bergkamp, who’d worn the shirt between 1995-2006, his personal hero.
Speaking to Zapsportz, the England international detailed:
“I think I’d been out for more than 14 months then and the boss came to me and said ‘I want you to have the number 10 shirt, I still believe in you’.
“That was a huge boost for me as my number 10 idol Is Dennis Bergkamp, for me he is the best player of all time. And definitely the best Arsenal player of all time.”
Obviously close to boss Wenger, who has nurtured his career since he broke into the first team as a 16-year-old, Wilshere made clear that for all his loyalty to the Gunners his future (somewhat worryingly) might take a different direction once the Frenchman has moved on.
“I want to win things with Arsenal and I want to be there in the future, but if the boss leaves then things could change.
“Arsenal are always in my heart and by signing a deal for the next five years shows my commitment to them and their commitment to me so at the moment everything is good.
“Arsene Wenger has been there for so many years and he’s always delivered trophies.
“OK we’ve had a little dip in the last five or six years, but he’s a great manager and people who question his ability are ridiculous.
“He’s qualified for the Champions’ League for 16 years so I think he’s the right man for the job.”14,036 views