Thierry Henry: I hope Jack Wilshere plays for Arsenal forever

Jack Wilshere

Arsenal hero Thierry Henry is a big fan of midfielder Jack Wilshere.

Sky Sports pundit Thierry Henry has written in his blog for The Sun that he hopes Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere returns to fitness and remains at the club for the rest of his playing days.

The 23-year-old midfielder came through the youth ranks with the Gunners and came to the fore with a number of impressive performances reminiscent of Manchester United hero Paul Scholes.

However, Wilshere has faced a battle with ongoing injuries and his introduction against Hull City last Monday was his first appearance since last November.

The England international has started just seven Premier League games altogether this season, and it’s difficult to say that his absence has really had any negative effect on results.

As a result, speculation over his future has made the headlines in recent weeks and Premier League rivals Manchester City are said to have shown an interest, as per a report in the Mirror.

Thierry Henry, however, still has high hopes for the midfielder in North London and wishes to see Wilshere remain at the club for the entirety of his career and one day take on the captain’s armband.

“Jack Wilshere returned to action for Arsenal on Monday against Hull. I really hope he gets an injury-free run as that is the only way he will develop and mature into the top player he could be,” Henry said.

“When he arrived at the club, I thought we had a new player who had been through the ranks and could be a future captain and stay there all his career — like Tony Adams.”

“I hope Jack plays for Arsenal forever. Will he? We will have to see.”

A first-team regular?

During Wilshere’s absence, Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramey have often partnered Francis Coquelin in midfield – providing the perfect balance and protection for the back four.

While the Gunners’ favourite is undeniably talented, there are question marks over whether he actually merits a regular spot in the middle over his colleagues.

Fortunately, with Arsene Wenger’s men now capable of fighting for honours on all fronts, there will be plenty of opportunities to rotate the squad and Wilshere can prove to be an excellent alternative.

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