At a time where there is much speculation about roles at Arsenal, a question on the fan's minds is whether or not a new captain is needed.

I appreciate the fact that Thomas Vermaelen is a good leader, and as vice-captain of his national team, the concept of captaincy is not new to the Belgium defender. 

Having captained Arsenal since the departure of Robin van Persie in the 2012/13 season, Vermaelen has become surprisingly inconsistent, and people have questioned whether or not the 27-year-old is really the man to lead out the Arsenal team week in, week out.

Obviously, if Vermaelen was to give up the armband, then there would be the question as to whom should step up to the plate, and in my opinion, there is only one person in the current Arsenal squad: Jack Wilshere.

Wilshere's rise to prominence started on loan at Bolton Wanderers in the 2009/10 season, and ever since then his footballing career has come on leaps and bounds (except for that long injury lay-off).

During his first full campaign in the senior Arsenal team in the 2010/11 season he was awarded many accolades, including the PFA Young Player of the Year, and Arsenal fan's Player of the Year.

Wilshere is only at the start of his career at 21-years-old and is one of England's finest talents. The way that he plays with his heart on his sleeve in the middle of the park for The Gunners really optimises the type of player he is. Additionally he has so much love for his club and has pledged his allegiance on many occasions.

There is an argument that the midfield maestro is too inexperienced, and is too young to captain a top Premier League side. However, he wouldn't be the first 21-year-old to captain the north London outfit.

A young Cesc Fabregas took the armband at the same age to lead the team out at the Emirates against Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League group stages in 2008. 

Fabregas has gone on to become one of the top midfielders in the world, and I feel that the armband would not heap extra pressure on Wilshere, but it would up his game as he would follow in the footsteps of legends from yesteryear. 

Wilshere offers his voice and represents the club more often than the current skipper and the young man is always all over the pitch, giving 100 per cent in any game he plays.

There is no question in my mind as to whether or not Wilshere should be the captain of Arsenal, the Stevenage-born star is undoubtedly going to be Arsenal's saviour in these tough times.

 

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