Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has revealed that he would consider his future at the Emirates Stadium if manager Arsene Wenger left the club.
The 21-year-old, who is considered the most gifted player to emerge from the Gunners' youth academy in recent times, insists that he wants to stay and win trophies with the north London outfit – but failed to rule out the possibility of moving on one day.
"I want to win things with Arsenal and I want to be there in the future, but if the boss leaves then things could change," Wilshere told Zapsportz.com.
"Arsenal are always in my heart and by signing a deal for the next five years shows my commitment to them and their commitment to me so at the moment everything is good."
Wilshere then went on to defend Wenger, who has attracted criticism from some supporters in recent seasons because of the club's trophy-drought and inability to sign their top transfer targets.
"Arsene Wenger has been there for so many years and he's always delivered trophies," the England international added. "OK we've had a little dip in the last five or six years, but he's a great manager and people who question his ability are ridiculous.
"He's qualified for the Champions' League for 16 years so I think he's the right man for the job."
Wilshere's comments are likely to concern Arsenal supporters, who have watched some of their most talented players leave for pastures new over recent years.
Players including Robin van Persie, Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri have all moved on in search of silverware – and all have succeeded.
Even more worrying for the Gunners faithful is that Wenger could leave the club next summer. The Frenchman's contract expires in May 2014 – and he might not be the only high-profile departure from the Emirates.