Jack Wilshere is tailor-made for the Arsenal captaincy
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere can lead the north London club out of the abyss
There's no point hiding from the truth - Arsenal are struggling. With more upset this week following back-to-back home defeats against Blackburn Rovers and Bayern Munich, it's no wonder that Gunners fans are finding it hard to see where their club is heading.
After shock exits from the FA Cup and the League Cup this season, and with practically no hope of heading any further in the Champions League, Arsenal can only wish for a top four finish in the Premier League this season.
The fans expect more from the club. They have grown to be one of the best teams Europe has produced, but these defeats and upsets are coming thick and fast, and Arsenal are simply failing to live up to expectations.
There are now demands that change needs to take place, but no one seems to know what exactly needs to happen. Possibly the manager or maybe the goalkeeper? Perhaps a new striker in the summer? Or maybe the Gunners need to switch the little black armband and wrap it around Jack Wilshere's bicep.
The 21-year-old midfielder, has recently expressed his passion and desire to play for Arsenal. Since returning to action from a 16-month lay-off, he has shown the footballing world what he's about. He's not your usual young, emerging talent, but already the first name on Arsene Wenger's team-sheet.
Wilshere has worked his way to regular games, and it seems that no matter who's in front of him, he will strive to take the ball past them, no matter how much energy it takes. The fans always know that there's a chance of a goal, every time he strides past the half-way line and into the opposition's territory. He gets you out of your seat, and every run reflects the England international's determination, leadership, passion and love for Arsenal.
At the moment, Wilshere looks like the only player that scares Arsenal's opponents. Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla are big names, and are playing highly talented football. However, they are lacking that magic touch, and don't carry that distinctive style Wilshere seems to have.
With the high demand for change from the fans, maybe it's not spending big like Manchester City, maybe it's giving Wilshere the chance to lead the team. He certainly deserves this chance, and even though Thomas Vermaelen is a top player, Wilshere has all the passion and optimism to lead Arsenal through thick and thin.
The recent Bayern Munich match at the Emirates was an unfortunate defeat, but it was hard to not notice that every pass Vermaelen made was either across the back-line or back to the goalkeeper. A sign of nervousness and lack of ambition to drive the ball forward, which is something you cannot afford to feel, when playing teams of Bayern Munich's calibre. Wilshere, meanwhile, was challenging Schweinsteiger and striving forward and taking on the likes of Dante and Philipp Lahm, signs of a true leader.
No matter what it is, change has to take place for Arsenal if they ever want to get back to their old ways. Once upon a time, they were the "invincibles" and were a side no one was keen to take on. Now, the players look at each other for leadership, the fans are on the manager's back, and the board are not sure if they want to keep to their stingy ways. By giving Wilshere his chance as captain, Arsenal will surely regenerate into that top side we all remember.
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