Five reasons why Wilshere must reject Barcelona

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If recent reports are to be believed, Barcelona are interested in taking Arsenal star Jack Wilshere to the Camp Nou.

For most players this would be a dream move. Indeed, two of Wilshere's former teammates - Cesc Fabregas and Alex Song - jumped at the chance to join the Catalan giants.

However, if Wilshere ever finds himself in the position where he needs to make a choice between Arsenal and Barcelona, he should stay put at the Emirates Stadium - and here's why.

First-team opportunities

Breaking into the Barcelona first-team really isn't easy - particularly for a player not used to playing 'the Barcelona way'.

Wilshere is certainly talented enough to adapt to the system used at the Camp Nou, but it would take him time - and time is a precious commodity rarely afforded in football these days.

Even Fabregas, who grew up at Barcelona's famed La Masia academy, initially found it a struggle to re-adapt after spending eight years away from the club.

And with intense competition, Wilshere would be in danger of spending a lot of time on the Barcelona bench.

Chance to become captain

Jack Wilshere is widely regarded as a future captain of both Arsenal and England.

The 21-year-old has never been afraid to order his teammates around or help fire them up minutes before a match - and he seems destined to wear the captain's armband one day.

He loves the club

As well as the incentive of sticking around to become Arsenal captain, Wilshere will surely want to stay at the Emirates Stadium because he is a die-hard Gunners fan.

Not many footballers have the good fortune of playing for the club they love, but Wilshere is one of the lucky few who does.

Why would he want to chuck that away?

He suits Arsenal's playing style

Wilshere suits Arsenal's playing style more than Barcelona's.

Under Arsene Wenger he has permission to roam from his position, carry the ball and venture further forwards. At Barcelona he would need to totally change his game to suit the tactics of Tata Martino.

He would be required to hold his position and immediately look for the pass. He can forget about dribbling; that's left to Lionel Messi and Neymar.

Chance to make Arsenal great again

Wilshere is currently playing alongside some genuine world-class players at Arsenal, including Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla.

It's clear that the Gunners are on an upwards curve - and many genuinely believe that Arsenal can end their eight-year trophy drought by winning the Premier League title this season.

When Robin van Persie opted to leave Arsenal, you could understand his reasons behind the move. He wanted silverware and wasn't convinced he could win it at the Emirates Stadium.

But since then much has changed - and if Wilshere and his talented teammates stay then the trophies will inevitably follow.

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