Wilshere admits desire to become Arsenal captain

The 21-year-old believes there are a number of leaders already at the Emirates Stadium but has expressed his interest in being named the Gunners' skipper later in his career
Jack Wilshere admits we would like to become Arsenal captain at some point in his career.

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The Gunners lead the Premier League by two points, with the 21-year-old starting seven of their 11 top-flight matches this term, scoring twice.

And Wilshere admits he wants to become a leader for the Gunners in the future, although he believes the number of stong characters currently available to manager Arsene Wenger lends their title bid huge strength.

"I want to do that [be a leader] for this club," he told the club's official website.

"I do feel a bit of responsibility but I have players around to help me.

"Mikel [Arteta] came in, he was the captain at Everton and he's the vice-captain here and you can tell by the way he is off the pitch, even when he was injured he was in the dressing room and giving us support.

"From the team that I first broke into, a lot of them have gone so I'm one of the few who's been around. There's Bacary [Sagna] as well but I'm one of the only midfielders who has been around for a while.

"I've grown up at this club and I have captained the club at under-16 level, under-18 level and last season as well I got the armband for 20 minutes or so [against West Ham in January] which was a nice feeling."

Arsenal face Southampton in their next Premier League clash after the international break.