Arsenal No.10 looks to Bergkamp inspiration

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Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has revealed he's looking to follow in the footsteps of Gunners legend Dennis Bergkamp as the next great number 10.

The England international only returned to the Arsenal first-team this month, after a 15-month injury lay-off, but the 20-year-old is delighted to be back.

Wilshere made his first appearance of the season against QPR on Saturday, and for Arsenal fans it was great to see the number 10 back in a Gunners shirt.

Bergkamp occupied the jersey at Highbury, and became a club legend during his 11 years at Arsenal, and Wilshere is hopeful he can follow in the Dutchman's footsteps.

"I looked up to Dennis Bergkamp - he was number 10 and I was wearing number 10 in the reserves and the youth team," Wilshere said in an interview with Sport Locker.

The Arsenal midfielder also named Patrick Vieira and Cesc Fabregas as two of his idols, but as an Arsenal number 10, Wilshere will be looking to follow in the footsteps of Bergkamp.

Such was the pressure on the wearer of the number 10 shirt, Wenger reportedly handed it to a defender following Bergkamp's retirement, and William Gallas briefly wore the number at the Emirates Stadium.

But Wilshere, who did wear 19 upon breaking into the first-team, feels confident enough to resume the mantle of the Arsenal great.

The talented youngster made his Arsenal debut as a 16-year-old, and his England debut a couple of years later, and while injury has slowed his progress, he looked every inch the player against QPR last Saturday, even after more than a year out injured.

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