Jack Wilshere has called on Arsenal’s alleged want away players to prove their loyalty to the club by staying at the Emirates and winning silverware.
Speaking in Kuala Lumpur as the speculation about the future of star pair Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas continues unabated, the 19-year-old laid down the gauntlet to his older and more experienced teammates stating:
“Loyalty is a big part of football and it shows if you are a real man or not.
“There have been a few players who have shown Arsenal great loyalty and hopefully we will get a few more like that. Then we will see if we can get a trophy or not.
“If you are loyal, it means you are a real man. We have loyalty at Arsenal and players have shown that in the past.
“Cesc showed that last year and hopefully a few more players will show it this year.
“We have got a good team. We know that and we need to keep our big players. If you look at Tottenham, they are fighting to keep Luka Modric.
“It’s the same for any team – you have to keep your best players. We have to keep ours if we want to win things.
“Robin (van Persie) has said he would be devastated if we lose Cesc. It’s the same for me.”
“It would mean everything to win a trophy this season. Last season we just missed out. That last minute against Birmingham ruined everything in a way.
“We are always there or thereabouts at the end of the season. But we need to stay strong and maybe make a few more signings and we will be alright.
“We have been saying in the last few seasons that we need a bit more toughness but the boss knows what he is doing. Hopefully he will bring what we need in and we will win something at the end of the season.”
Jack’s words will no doubt be welcomed by beleaguered fans back in London with many pinning their hopes on the youngster to spearhead a new generation of Gunners capable of matching the achievements of Arsene Wenger’s Highbury years.