Arsene Wenger: I want Jack Wilshere to be core of Arsenal team

The Gunners boss has singled out the England international and Kieran Gibbs as integral players for the North London side.

Arsenal finished their 2014-15 campaign with a comfortable win over West Brom, which confirmed the Gunners’ third-place finish in the Premier League.

Jack Wilshere was handed an opportunity to show his ability against Tony Pulis’ men, with the England international taking the opportunity with an impressive performance.

The homegrown Gunners hero has not been guaranteed a place in Arsene Wenger’s starting XI since returning from injury, with Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and Francis Coquelin playing crucial roles for their side.

However, despite Wilshere’s seeming drop in importance at the Emirates Stadium, Wenger has confirmed that the midfielder has a long-term future at the club.

The French manager picked the English playmaker and fellow youth-team graduate Kieran Gibbs as players that are the core of the club.

“He wants to stay at the club? I hope so,” Wenger stated about Wilshere on the Arsenal website.

“He has been educated here and he’s Arsenal through and through. He and Kieran Gibbs are.

|He arrived at nine years of age and Gibbs at 12. You want them to be the future of the team and the core of the team.”

Wilshere has been blighted by debilitating injuries throughout his career, with the 23-year-old getting hurt against Manchester United earlier this season and spending a prolonged period on the sidelines as a result.

The playmaker only started nine Premier League games this season and may well also have to make do with a role starting on the right-hand side of midfield if he wants to play regularly.

Wenger has a big decision to make in next weekend’s FA Cup final against Aston Villa, with Wilshere in contention for a place in the starting XI.

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