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2010/11 Premier League: Who Are Ya? Arsenal Teenager Jack Wilshere

by Ewan Eyre

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Following the introduction of the new Premier League rules, the pressure is on clubs to give their young stars more playing time this season. Here at Caughtoffside, we will be taking a look at some of the stars to watch out for including this Emirates youngster.

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Name: Jack Wilshere
Club: Arsenal
Nationality: English
Age: 18
Position: Central midfielder

Perhaps an obvious inclusion into the Who Are Ya? series, but Jack Wilshere possesses so much talent. At just 18 years of age, he has already established himself as a Premier League player, after a handful of appearances for Arsenal and a successful loan spell at Bolton Wanderers last season.

Wilshere made his competitive debut for Arsenal in a Premier League match against Blackburn Rovers in September 2008, coming on as an 84th-minute substitute for Robin van Persie. He became the club’s youngest ever league player at the age of 16 years and 256 days, taking the record previously held by Cesc Fabregas. Just under two weeks later, he went on to score against Sheffield United during a League Cup fixture, going on to make a string of impressive appearances during the competition.

After again featuring in the League Cup for the first half of the 2009/2010 season, Wilshere was sent on loan to Bolton in January 2010 in order to gain more first team experience. He was an immediate success, putting in some accomplished performances against the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United.

Wilshere is blessed with great pace, along with a deadly left foot. Despite his height, he is a remarkably strong player, and not afraid to get stuck in.

Arsene Wenger looks set to keep Wilshere at Arsenal this season, and if he continues to progress at his current rate, there is no telling how far he could go. Many see him as the natural replacement for Cesc Fabregas, who let’s face it, will eventually be leaving for Barcelona.

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