England have been crying for years to find a player who has the vision and ability to pass a ball like Xavi or Iniesta, and in Jack Wilshire they have found there answer. The England prodigy received all the plaudits last season from pundits, fans and fellow professionals and now the 19-year-old has vowed to stay a Gunner for life.
He told iFilmLondon.com: “Can I promise I will be at Arsenal for ever? I can promise that, yes. I’ve been at the club since I was nine and I’ve learned to love it.”
From the (Patrick) Vieira days, to (Dennis) Bergkamp, (Cesc) Fabregas, I’ve watched them come through and move on.
“But now there’s a crop of new players, (Aaron) Ramsey, myself, Kieran Gibbs, hopefully we can really create something special.
“I love the club and I want to be part of its future.”
Loyalty is a rare commodity to find in the modern game and maybe his comments are a tad naive; but nevertheless it’s still somewhat touching to hear someone show their passion and loyalty to a club they truly love. Football is an unpredictable sport and anything could change in a blink of an eye-just ask David Beckham, yet Jack Wilshire’s words and dedication will come as a great motivator to fans and teammates to keep on believing. We know he has Arsenal bloody running through his veins, you can see it every time he steps on to the field. What he has showed is great commitment towards his beloved club and will hope to see the likes of Robin Van Persie follow in his footsteps.
However as a young player you say stuff in the heat of the moment that at the time makes so much sense but as you gradually grow older and wiser you think, did I actually say that?
There is no doubt he has made a bold statement and so what. If he truly believes in what he says then good on him, but we have seen players- Rooney comes to mind and say something and not stick by it. Talking is cheap in football and Rooney proved it when he revealed a t-shirt saying ‘Once a blue, always a blue’. Those words came back to haunt him and will forever be hated by Evertonians for turning his back on the club that raised him.
The same could happen to Jack, he is a special talent and his ambitions are to win lots of trophies with Arsenal. However in a few years time when the likes of Barca, Madrid, United and so on come knocking on your door, and if your current club are still lacking in ambition and fight, who knows what will happen? For now his words will come as an inspiration to those who idolize him and give them a slight glimmer of hope.