He is still only a teenager, but England midfielder Jack Wilshere has pledged his future to Arsenal and says he never wants to leave the north London club.
Wilshere, 19, has been with the Gunners since he was nine years old and began to establish himself in the first team at the start of last season after a successful loan spell at Bolton Wanderers in the second half of the 2009-10 season.
Although he is currently sidelined until at least January or February following major ankle surgery, Wilshere has pledged his career to the club.
“Can I promise I will be at Arsenal for ever? I can promise that, yes,” he told reporters.
“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.”
Arsenal is on a four-match winning run after the 2-1 defeat to Tottenham last week.
Arsenal lost many key players in recent history. This summer, Fabregas’ return to his boyhood club Barcelona and midfielder Samir Nasri’s transfer to Manchester City. Up-and-coming City has previously purchased Kolo Touré and Emmanuel Adebayor from Arsenal.