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Wenger trusts Wilshere as captain despite contract stand off

Despite Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere turning down his clubs offer of a contract extension recently, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has admitted that he trusts the player with the captains armband.

The 26-year-old’s current deal at the Emirates expires in June and he turned down offer of prolonging his stay with the North London club, as they have asked him to take a signifiant wage decrease.

Wilshere has long been heralded as one of English football’s brightest talents, although persistent injury problems have stunted his development over the years.

The England international is a life long Gunners fan and joined the clubs academy as a nine-year-old, so for this reason Arsenal manager Wenger has revealed that he has not hesitated to make him captain on several occasions this season.

“As well he is the kind of leader for his attitude and for his tactical knowledge on the pitch,” Wenger told BeIn Sports.

“I just thought the combination of history, the fact that he’s a long term player for the club, the fact that he has experience and knowledge now, I trust now to make him captain.”

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