England international has only just returned from long injury layoff.
Arsenal may bring forward plans to make key midfield player Jack Wilshere the club’s new long-term captain, says the Sunday Mirror.
The 21-year-old has only recently returned to first-team action following 18 months on the sidelines with an ankle injury, which is one of the reasons it is believed that manager Arsene Wenger is reluctant to make the playmaker the North Londoners’ new skipper.
However, with present captain Thomas Vermaelen, who took on the role at the start of this campaign after Robin van Persie’s departure to Manchester United, currently struggling it is understood that the Frenchman may make a change in the summer.
“Wilshere is naturally a guy who is not scared of anything on the football pitch and that is usually the sign of a leader,” said Wenger recently on the matter.
“Of course, he will be one of the leaders of this club – in fact he already is. A leader is somebody who does everything on the pitch to help his team to win. And he does that.
“It is important the player gets to the stage where he develops first completely into an accomplished footballer and then takes responsibility to take care of other people. But I think Jack will be captain of this club one day.”