New hero at Emirates Stadium, with Jack Wilshere set to be named Arsenal captain.
Arsene Wenger is set to select Jack Wilshere as captain against Brighton and Hove Albion, meaning he will be the club’s youngest skipper since Terry Neill in 1962, who was 20.
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Wilshere turned 21 on New Year’s Day, meaning he is younger than the 21 years 3 months of Tony Adams when he was named to lead the side almost exactly 25 years ago.
However, Adams’ status was a permanent choice, while Wilshere is a mere interim option at present.
Current club skipper Thomas Vermaelen is out with an ankle complaint, while vice captain Mikel Arteta is also unavailable thanks to a calf strain, and Wilshere looks set to step up to the plate in their absence.
Whilst only awarded the armband on a temporary basis, Wilshere is already a leader for the Gunners, driving the team on with a combination of skill and sheer will.
He looks set to succeed Vermaelen permanently in the long term, and as a home grown product of the Arsenal academy, he will surely go down as a hero amongst the fans when his career comes to an end.
If he can help the north London side start winning trophies again, he will be a legend.
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