After suffering an ankle injury which sidelined him for more than a year, many doubted whether Wilshere would ever return to the form he had prior to the injury.
But he came back with a vengeance, and almost as if to make up for lost time, Wilshere has stunned fans with his vigour and flair.
Wilshere has been referred to as the only English footballer with a Spanish style and, accordingly, has been tipped to follow his hero and ex-teammate Cesc Fabregas to Spanish giants Barcelona to win the trophies that have been such a scarcity at the Emirates of late.
Arjen Robben, who recently played against Wilshere in the Champions League tie between Bayern Munich and Arsenal at the Emirates, expressed great admiration for the 21-year-old’s ability after the game, even though the Gunners were easily defeated by the German side.
Robben went on to say that Arsenal will find it hard to keep a player of Wilshere’s quality if they can’t win any silverware.
Speaking to the Daily Star, he said: "I don't know if Arsenal can keep him if they are not winning things. It's always difficult to judge that about another player.
"But you can see that Wilshere is a very big talent and he is only young still. He's just 21 years old. He will definitely be a big player."
But what Robben and others underestimate is the fierce loyalty and patriotism that Wilshere has for his club. Arriving at Arsenal in 2001 at the tender age of nine, he grew up watching and admiring players such as Thierry Henry, Freddie Ljungberg, Dennis Bergkamp and later Fabregas.
Arsenal has been his home since that age and Wilshere have never hesitated to declare his unconditional love for the club.
One has only to look at his Facebook and Twitter accounts to know how passionate the Englishman is about The Gunners and how desperately he wants to bring back glory to the Emirates.
It looks likely that he will take over the Captain’s armband from current skipper Thomas Vermaelen before long and there’s certainly no better man for the job.
After Wilshere took over the captaincy from Vermaelen in the 5-1 thrashing of West Ham on January 23, Wilshere said on his Facebook account: “So proud to have been given the armband during the game last night. One of the best moments of my career so far.”
After watching Fabregas, Samir Nasri and more recently Robin van Persie leave the club, he took over the latter’s number ten shirt and he is showing a determination to fill the shoes of those that have gone and a resolve to rebuild Arsenal with a passionate and unrelenting attitude on and off the pitch, winning the hearts of fans and inspiring his teammates to give their all.
Wilshere is at the Emirates to stay, come rain or shine, and clubs interested in the young man’s signature will do well to save their time and effort as they’ll be turned away time and time again.
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